[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. intercostal membrane,
  2. intercostal nerve,
  3. intercostal space,
  4. intercostobrachial nerve,
  5. intercounty,
  6. intercricothyrotomy,
  7. intercrop,
  8. intercross,
  9. intercrural,
  10. intercrystalline

Origin of intercourse

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

Related formspre·in·ter·course, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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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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Medicine definitions for intercourse


[ ĭntər-kôrs′ ]


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

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