Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sexual intercourse, especially on the part of an unmarried person.
  • n. The act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman which does not by law amount to adultery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Unlawful sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person; the act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman as does not by law amount to adultery.
  • n.
  • n. Adultery.
  • n. Incest.
  • n. Idolatry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An arching; the forming of a vault or convexity; a hollowing, vaulting, or arching over; a cameration.
  • n. The state of being fornicated or vaulted.
  • n. The act of illicit sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person with a person of the opposite sex, whether married or unmarried.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other
  • n. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations

Etymologies

Coined between 1300 and 1350 Middle English fornicacioun from Late Latin fornicātiōn- (s. of fornicātiō). (Wiktionary)

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  • consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other -- compare ADULTERY

    September 13, 2007