Definition of intercourse in English:


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


1Communication or dealings between individuals or groups: everyday social intercourse
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.
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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