intercourse

noun in·ter·course \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs \

Definition of intercourse

1 :connection or dealings between persons or groups
2 :exchange especially of thoughts or feelings :communion
3 :physical sexual contact between individuals that involves the genitalia of at least one person
  • anal intercourse
  • oral intercourse
; especially :sexual intercourse 1
  • heterosexual intercourse

Examples of intercourse in a Sentence

  1. the unspoken rules of social intercourse

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Origin and Etymology of 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


INTERCOURSE Defined for English Language Learners

intercourse

noun

Definition of intercourse for English Language Learners

  • : communication and actions between people


INTERCOURSE Defined for Kids

intercourse

noun in·ter·course \ ˈin-tər-ˌkȯrs \

Definition of intercourse for Students

:dealings between persons or groups
  • Social intercourse requires communication.

Medical Dictionary

intercourse

noun in·ter·course \ ˈint-ər-ˌkō(ə)rs, -ˌkȯ(ə)rs \

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 1
  • heterosexual intercourse


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