Definition of intercourse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntəkɔːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntərkɔːrs//
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  1. 1= sexual intercourse The prosecution stated that intercourse had occurred on several occasions. anal intercourse
  2. 2(old-fashioned) communication between people, countries, etc. the importance of social intercourse between different age groups
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: 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 cent.Extra examples He admitted that intercourse had taken place. Life is a pleasant blend of work and social intercourse. She denied having had sexual intercourse with him. She never had sexual intercourse before she was married. The judge asked if she had consented to intercourse. intercourse between consenting adults
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