sexual intercourse

[ sek-shoo-uhl in-ter-kawrs ]
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  1. genital contact, especially the insertion of the penis into the vagina followed by orgasm; coitus; copulation.

  2. a sex act that involves penetration of one person’s vagina, anus, or mouth by another person for the sexual gratification of one or both parties.

Origin of sexual intercourse

First recorded in 1790–1800 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for sexual intercourse

sexual intercourse

  1. the act carried out for procreation or for pleasure in which, typically, the insertion of the male's erect penis into the female's vagina is followed by rhythmic thrusting usually culminating in orgasm; copulation; coitus: Related adjective: venereal

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