noun, plural in·ti·ma·cies.

Origin of intimacy

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

Synonyms for intimacy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intimacy

Contemporary Examples of intimacy

Historical Examples of intimacy

  • Between parent and child, the intimacy had been unusually close.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Oh, I forgot,—I observe that you have renewed your intimacy with Legard.

  • Are you willing to give up all intimacy with Hamish Channing?

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The intimacy of occult things isolates also these wise little birds.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • In the contemplation of beauty she knew the need of love, knew it with an intimacy that was cruel.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for intimacy


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

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

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