in·​ti·​ma·​cy | \ ˈin-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce intimacy (audio) \
plural intimacies

Definition of intimacy

1 : the state of being intimate : familiarity
2 : something of a personal or private nature

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Examples of intimacy in a Sentence

the intimacy of old friends the intimacy of their relationship He felt he achieved a certain intimacy with her. The band liked the intimacy of the nightclub.
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Murray takes the same approach, using sconces to frame certain areas in a room and bring a bit of intimacy to parts of a large room. Real Estate, "5 ways the right lighting can elevate a home," 12 Sep. 2019 In this field, intimacy is a professional skill in terms of both air-kissy etiquette and, more important, in the sense that Jason uses empathetic imagination to put himself in a client’s skin. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Why “Styling Hollywood” Is One of the Best Celebrity-Stylist Reality Shows," 30 Aug. 2019 The stadiums are small, listing capacities less than 20,000, but the intimacy is something not often found in professional sports. Bruce Jenkins,, "NWSL, a league preserving women’s World Cup spirit, needs a Bay Area team," 25 July 2019 Regardless of the amount of people watching, the intimacy between the co-stars was insane. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper's Working Relationship," 9 Feb. 2019 Complain at least once about the lack of intimacy in Arthur Ashe Stadium and the overselling of grounds passes. Jon Wertheim,, "Insider's Guide to Attending the 2019 U.S. Open," 21 Aug. 2019 But the industry’s hollow promise of intimacy can fuel a lonely existence for both stars and fans. Jerome Gence, National Geographic, "Asia’s live-streaming industry promises intimacy. So why are users so lonely?," 31 July 2019 Bianco forces audiences into an intimacy with Mandy that suffuses the film. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Intimate Horror of Share," 27 July 2019 The City Council unanimously approved a settlement of litigation filed by Michael DiSenso, who was injured in the crash, and Lea DiSenso, who sought compensation for loss of companionship and intimacy with her husband. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego paying out $3M to man injured in crash with city trash truck," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of intimacy

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intimacy was in 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of intimacy

: emotional warmth and closeness
: a quality that suggests informal warmth or closeness
: sexual relations


in·​ti·​ma·​cy | \ ˈin-tə-mə-sē How to pronounce intimacy (audio) \
plural intimacies

Kids Definition of intimacy

1 : a state marked by emotional closeness the intimacy of old friends
2 : a quality suggesting closeness or warmth the cafe's intimacy
3 : something that is very personal or private They shared little intimacies in their letters.

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