- Dealings or communications between persons or groups.
- Sexual intercourse.
[Middle English entercours, commercial dealings, from Old French entrecours, from Latin intercursus, a running between, interposition, from past participle of intercurrere, to mingle with : inter-, inter- + currere, to run.]
The use of this word as short for sexual intercourse (first recorded in 1798 but not common before the 20th century) has made it difficult to use it in its general meaning 'communication or dealings between individuals, nations, etc.', and a claim such as that of Maria Eliza Rundell (1745–1828) in her New System of Domestic Cookery that a wife's role was to provide 'the sweet refuge of a husband fatigued by intercourse with a jarring world' might now be seriously misunderstood. Even the phrase social intercourse, unambiguous though it is in print, can cause uncertainty when heard in the run of ordinary conversation.
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Definition: communication; business exchange
- sexual i. — coitus.
categories related to 'intercourse'
- Sex Acts - intercourse: copulation between male and female
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