intimacy

[ in-tuh-muh-see ]
/ ˈɪn tə mə si /

noun, plural in·ti·ma·cies.


Nearby words

  1. inthrone,
  2. inti,
  3. intice,
  4. intifada,
  5. intima,
  6. intimate,
  7. intimate borrowing,
  8. intimately,
  9. intimation,
  10. intimations of immortality

Origin of intimacy

First recorded in 1635–45; intim(ate)1 + -acy

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British Dictionary definitions for intimacy

intimacy

/ (ˈɪntɪməsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

close or warm friendship or understanding; personal relationship
(often plural) euphemistic sexual relations
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Word Origin and History for intimacy

intimacy

n.

1640s, from intimate + -cy. As a euphemism for "sexual intercourse," from 1670s.

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