Definition of intercourse in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·course
Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)ərˌkôrs


1Communication or dealings between individuals or groups: everyday social intercourse
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  • His feeling is that the community needs the service as a place for social intercourse.
  • Travel to almost any city or resort in Europe and you'll see Irish, Scots and Welsh in friendly social intercourse with the locals.
  • Honestly, this constant social intercourse is just exhausting.
dealings, relations, relationships, association, connections, contact; interchange, communication, communion, correspondence; negotiations, bargaining, transactions; trade, traffic, commerce
informal doings, truck
1.1 short for sexual intercourse.
More example sentences
  • During intercourse, try the stop-and-start technique when the sensations become strong.
  • Heterosexual intercourse is the most common mode of transmission of HIV in poor countries.
  • Patterson claimed the intercourse had been consensual and encouraged by her.
sexual intercourse, sex, lovemaking, sexual relations, intimacy, coupling, mating, copulation, penetration
informal nookie, whoopee
technical coitus, coition
formal fornication


late Middle English (denoting communication or dealings): from Old French entrecours 'exchange, commerce', from Latin intercursus, from intercurrere 'intervene', from inter- 'between' + currere 'run'. The specifically sexual use arose in the late 18th century.

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