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

So this journey to being in my body and feeling true and natural has opened up a world of sensations and, of course, a new level of intimacy with my connections and relationships. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Alyson Stoner is All Grown Up and She Wants Disney To Grow Up, Too," 14 Sep. 2018 Even after last week’s historic signing, Plecker’s and Speck’s legacies are alive and well, in the idea that intimacy with blacks invalidates Indian identity. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "From the ‘Pocahontas Exception’ to a ‘Historical Wrong’: The Hidden Cost of Formal Recognition for American Indian Tribes," 9 Feb. 2018 With Jupiter in your intimacy zone since October 2017, no doubt there have been some very major shifts this year. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 In Paris, the Lemaire show had the same feel of quiet intimacy. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 Mar. 2019 So many moments of intimacy that are missing and shortchange Claire and Caitriona Balfe. JAMIE Aimee Spinks The TV show this season was much more focused on Jamie than Claire. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "How Outlander Season 4 Is Different From Outlander, Book 4, 'Drums Of Autumn'," 29 Jan. 2019 Amma finally gets her wish to party with Camille, passing her first an Oxy and later a tablet of ecstasy, mouth to mouth, creating a fuzzy warm glow of sisterly intimacy. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 6: Camille Is in Deep Trouble," 13 Aug. 2018 Self-Extinguishing Emission, out on local label Scrapes Recordings (brainchild of the inimitable Alex Barnett), is a full-scale plunge into cruelty and intimacy via the magical interplay of rhythm and droning noise. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Alexa Viscius of Bunny on a bass-playing hero who makes perfect posters," 27 June 2018 Increasingly common is the practice of employing an intimacy coordinator, someone who has no shame in explaining what needs to be shown and how to show it. Whitney Friedlander, Marie Claire, "TV Sex Scenes Are Unrealistic. Rachel Bloom Wants to Change That," 1 Mar. 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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