intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Definition of intercourse

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for intercourse

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • nonintercourse
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Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

the unspoken rules of social intercourse
Recent Examples on the Web The cozy sea-green space is where teenage Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family, chides her parents for engaging in cacophonous intercourse while a crush is visiting. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 The cozy sea-green space is where teenage Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family, chides her parents for engaging in cacophonous intercourse while a crush is visiting. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 However, symptoms may include a change in vaginal discharge and bleeding in between periods or after intercourse. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 Dec. 2021 Child erotica images, under the new state law, don’t necessarily involve full nudity, intercourse or display of genitals. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 Kate and Kelly had intercourse later and kept seeing one another until 2004. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 27 Sep. 2021 The cozy sea-green space is where teenage Ruby, the sole hearing member of a deaf family, chides her parents for engaging in cacophonous intercourse while a crush is visiting. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 5 Dec. 2021 Yet, those who are at a high-risk of developing anal cancer—like people who have anal intercourse or a history of anal warts—should talk to their doctor about regular anal cancer screenings, according to John's Hopkins Medicine. Grace Wade, Health.com, 8 Nov. 2021 Fondling and intercourse are among the accusations lodged at Melton. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 17 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of intercourse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for intercourse

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

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

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Dictionary Entries Near intercourse

intercouple

intercourse

intercranial

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10 May 2022

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“Intercourse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercourse. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for intercourse

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Kids Definition of intercourse

: dealings between persons or groups Social intercourse requires communication.

intercourse

noun
in·​ter·​course | \ ˈint-ər-ˌkō(ə)rs, -ˌkȯ(ə)rs How to pronounce intercourse (audio) \

Medical Definition of intercourse

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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