in·ti·ma·cy | \ˈin-tə-mə-sē \
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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That choice to let singers and musicians share their space added to one of the show's crucial achievements within the historical trajectory of Broadway musicals — an uncommon level of intimacy. Chris Jones,, "In writing the music for 'Waitress,' Sara Bareilles taught musicals a thing or two," 10 July 2018 There's just that intimacy again, the holding of hands, the sparkle in the eye. Robert Mccoppin,, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018 The thong helps, but what’s really apparent is this heightened intimacy that can only be built by trust. The Cut, "The Sober Gym Manager in an Unconventional Relationship," 17 June 2018 There's an intimacy to Garmendia's DIY videos that's unmatched by regular television, or even reality TV. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, "Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All," 8 June 2018 The live setting reflects the conversational back-and-forth of the chorus and adds a sense of intimacy to the personal lyrics. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "Hudson Taylor Stay Connected to Their Past and Present in Live Performance: Exclusive," 22 May 2018 As usual in the director's work, the performances are sensitive and relatable, and the leads establish a realistic sense of intimacy. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "The not-so-incredibly-true adventure of two Orthodox Jewish girls in love," 4 May 2018 The Infinity War Super Bowl teaser trailer offers a moment of intimacy between them. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Avengers: Infinity War may be gearing up to fix Marvel’s X-Men continuity problem," 18 Apr. 2018 The uneven comedy drama awkwardly mixes tones but has a knowing intimacy of its subject., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 1," 28 June 2018

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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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in·ti·ma·cy | \ˈin-tə-mə-sē \
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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