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noun, plural in·ti·ma·cies.
  1. the state of being intimate.
  2. a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.
  3. a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.: an intimacy with Japan.
  4. an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like: to allow the intimacy of using first names.
  5. an amorously familiar act; liberty.
  6. sexual intercourse.
  7. the quality of being comfortable, warm, or familiar: the intimacy of the room.
  8. privacy, especially as suitable to the telling of a secret: in the intimacy of his studio.

Origin of intimacy

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

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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
  1. close or warm friendship or understanding; personal relationship
  2. (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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper