intercourse

noun

in·​ter·​course ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio)
1
: physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person
anal intercourse
oral intercourse
especially : sexual intercourse sense 1
heterosexual intercourse
2
: exchange especially of thoughts or feelings : communion
3
: connection or dealings between persons or groups

Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse
Recent Examples on the Web This can cause discomfort upon insertion that may continue during intercourse. Renee Plant, Parents, 8 July 2024 Morris said in a statement the church shared with its leadership that the abuse including kissing and touching but not intercourse. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 18 June 2024 Add in the heat and humidity associated with summertime, and the risk of developing a UTI after intercourse is even higher. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 25 June 2024 Morris said in the statement to church leaders that the abuse including kissing and touching but not intercourse. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for intercourse 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English intercurse, probably from Middle French entrecours, from Medieval Latin intercursus, from Latin, act of running between, from intercurrere to run between, from inter- + currere to run — more at car

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of intercourse was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Intercourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercourse. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course ˈint-ər-ˌkō(ə)rs How to pronounce intercourse (audio)
-ˌkȯ(ə)rs
1
: dealings between persons or groups : relations
2
: physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one individual
especially : sexual intercourse

Medical Definition

intercourse

noun
1
: connection or dealings between persons or groups
2
: physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person
anal intercourse
oral intercourse
especially : sexual intercourse sense 1
heterosexual intercourse

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