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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Recent Examples on the Web Passion in a relationship should mean intimacy, laughter, and warmth inside your chest from your partner's love and your love for them. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Signs of Emotional Abuse in Relationships That You Should Never Overlook," 15 Feb. 2020 Emma Leigh Waldron, a PhD candidate at the University of California-Davis whose research focuses on performance and intimacy, told me. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Strange, Subtle Matter of ASMR Erotica," 24 Jan. 2020 This novel carves out space for intimacy, for love stories. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Larry Kramer Leaves No Score Unsettled in an Epic’s Finale," 6 Jan. 2020 There’s hardly a closeup that would be out of place in a television-news studio, with the actors reduced to singing heads—seen not too close to provoke disarming cinematic intimacy, not too far to threaten the marketing of personality. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Cats” Could Have Been a Contender," 27 Dec. 2019 There's an immense intimacy to experiencing a story like this, via characters talking directly to the camera, to you. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 In the English-speaking world, friends and family generally greet each other with a wave, handshake, or hug, depending on their degree of intimacy. Mathieu Avanzi, Quartz, "Which cheek and how many? The origins of the other French kiss," 6 Nov. 2019 The scariest thing here was intimacy: the great adventure of the other person. James Marcus, The New Yorker, "A Dark Ride," 29 Oct. 2019 As someone who still gives makeovers at slumber parties, my favorite part about beauty rituals has always been the intimacy. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meet Color&Co, the L'Oréal Start-Up That Lets You Video Chat with a Hair Colorist," 9 May 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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22 Feb 2020

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“Intimacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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