intercourse

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French entrecours, from Late Latin intercursus

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪn.tɚˌkɔɹs/, /ˈɪn.tɚˌkoʊɹs/
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Noun[edit]

intercourse (plural intercourses)

  1. Communication, conversation.
    • Milton
      this sweet intercourse of looks and smiles
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
  2. Dealings between countries.
  3. Dealings with people, including commerce and trade.
  4. sexual intercourse usually involving humans.

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