[in-ter-kawrs, -kohrs]


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
Related formspre·in·ter·course, noun

Synonyms for intercourse

1. trade, traffic, relations. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intercourse



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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intercourse in Medicine




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