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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Around town, galleries outside the fair stood out for the electric intimacy of their exhibitions. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The same is true when, in the intimacy of Rocío’s red-lit bedroom, Monlaü shows her dancing with frenzy, shaking her long hair all around like there is no tomorrow. The New Yorker, 11 May 2022 Nelly meets a younger version of her grandmother (Margot Abascal), also named Nelly, whose stern but kindly presence heightens the intimacy and gravity of the situation. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Boutique hotels are a dime a dozen in the Holy City, but the Loutrel, a 50-room property located in the heart of Charleston's historic district, captures the intimacy and comfort of a Southern home in a modern setting. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 The intimacy of that is a powerful way to move someone. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 Its starting point is the intense intimacy of female teen friendship at an age where approval becomes our obsession. Patrick Frater, Variety, 23 Mar. 2022 The finished album conveys the intimacy of two friends finding private meaning through creativity. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Did the intimacy of those rehearsals spill into the sessions? Ryan Reed, SPIN, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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