[ 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

1425–75; late Middle English intercurse < Medieval Latin intercursus communication, trading, Latin: a running between. See inter-, course

SYNONYMS FOR intercourse

1 trade, traffic, relations.

OTHER WORDS FROM intercourse

pre·in·ter·course, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for intercourse

/ (ˈɪntəˌkɔːs) /


communication or exchange between individuals; mutual dealings

Word Origin for intercourse

C15: from Medieval Latin intercursus business, from Latin intercurrere to run between, from currere to run
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Medical definitions for intercourse

[ ĭntər-kôrs′ ]


Dealings or communications that occur between persons or groups.
Sexual intercourse.
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