intimacy

noun
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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At their best, one-person plays have the intimacy and urgency of an encounter with someone who needs to get something off his or her chest, ideally portrayed by an actor who compels us to listen. Adam Green, Vogue, "Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Return to the New York Stage in Sea Wall/A Life," 10 Dec. 2018 Facebook’s product created a level of intimacy that others did not. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "A new trove of internal Facebook emails is a stark reminder: You are Facebook’s product," 5 Dec. 2018 But there’s something about their easy intimacy and soft, earnest dynamic that transcends this moment. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 Well, your clothes have always had this incredible intimacy with, and affinity for, women. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Roland Mouret’s New Book About His Life and Work Brings His Past Right Here Into the Present," 6 Nov. 2018 The shoots are a study in easy intimacy; Leibovitz photographed the couple in a dreamy pastoral setting, and Brahms captured the newlyweds in motion, holding hands and leaning in for a kiss. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—And the Newlyweds Are the Stars of Vogue’s First Digital Cover," 1 Dec. 2018 Still, this bisou remains an iconic Star Trek moment at a time in America when there were very few mainstream media depictions of mixed-race intimacy. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "50 years ago, Star Trek’s history was sealed with the Uhura-Kirk kiss," 22 Nov. 2018 But there’s this sense of intimacy that comes from being in someone’s inbox. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Social media makes us angry and unfocused. Is email the answer?," 6 Sep. 2018 Between eclipses, retrogrades, and the sun moving across your intimacy zone, the past few weeks were pretty brutal. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 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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intimacy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intimacy

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

intimacy

noun
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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