intercourse

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From Old French entrecours, from Late Latin intercursus.

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intercourse (countable and uncountable, plural intercourses)

  1. Communication, conversation.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VIII”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      this sweet intercourse of looks and smiles
    • 1906, Edward Suddard, chapter 4, in The Technique of the Modern Orchestra[[1]], translation of Technique de l'orchestre moderne by Charles-Marie Widor, page 139:
      And indeed, what more reliable authority could Berlioz have found than Cavaillé-Coll, with whom he had frequent intercourse, and who would have been better qualified than any one else to give him correct information?
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter X, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      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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intercourse (third-person singular simple present intercourses, present participle intercoursing, simple past and past participle intercoursed)

  1. (nonstandard, intransitive) To have sexual intercourse.

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