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[in-ter-kawrs, -kohrs] /ˈɪn tərˌkɔrs, -ˌkoʊrs/
dealings or communication between individuals, groups, countries, etc.
interchange of thoughts, feelings, etc.
sexual relations or a sexual coupling, especially coitus.
Origin of intercourse
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English intercurse < Medieval Latin intercursus communication, trading, Latin: a running between. See inter-, course
Related forms
preintercourse, noun
1. trade, traffic, relations. Unabridged
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  • intercourse with this astute political expert gave me great pleasure, and a wealth of teaching and stimulus.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs William II, German Emperor
  • intercourse with Payton had not left him in the best of tempers.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • intercourse with Bertram had profoundly impressed his feeble nature.

  • intercourse with him is, upon the whole, extremely pleasing.

  • intercourse should be absolutely avoided just before or after meals, or just after mental excitement or physical exercise.

  • intercourse with the outside world is restricted, but is not altogether cut off.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
  • intercourse between our tables was by smiles and nods, seldom crystallizing into words, but these were not wanted.

    In and Around Berlin Minerva Brace Norton
  • "intercourse with them freshens and rejuvenates one's soul," wrote Macaulay.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • intercourse by letter between Eugenia and myself was perfectly easy; but that was not all I wanted.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for intercourse


communication or exchange between individuals; mutual dealings
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin intercursus business, from Latin intercurrere to run between, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for intercourse

mid-15c., "communication to and fro," from Old French entrecours "exchange, commerce," from Late Latin intercursus "a running between, intervention," from intercursus, past participle of intercurrere "to run between," from Latin inter- "between" (see inter-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Meaning "sexual relations" first recorded 1798, from earlier sense "social contact and relations" (1540s).

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intercourse in Medicine

intercourse in·ter·course (ĭn'tər-kôrs')

  1. Dealings or communications that occur between persons or groups.

  2. Sexual intercourse.

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