Definition of condom in English:



  • A thin rubber sheath worn on a man's penis during sexual intercourse as a contraceptive or as protection against infection.

    • ‘If you have sex more than once always use a new condom, never re-use condoms.’
    • ‘The only way to have safe sex is to use a reliable barrier method of contraception such as a condom.’
    • ‘They want to publicise the fact that condoms do not guarantee protection from AIDS.’
    • ‘Women have become victims of men who refuse to practise safe sex by using condoms.’
    • ‘The first time we used condoms and afterwards I went on the pill to be extra careful.’
    • ‘Most stores get by on more conventional products like condoms and medicinal sexual aids.’
    • ‘The man wore a condom presumably to protect himself rather than her and it split.’
    • ‘She was in a relationship that had lasted five years and was using condoms for contraception.’
    • ‘Clients of the centre exchange used for clean, sterile equipment, and condoms were issued for safe sex.’
    • ‘Barrier methods of contraception include diaphragms, condoms and cervical caps.’
    • ‘You may be irritated by certain makes of condoms, contraceptive creams or lubricants.’
    • ‘Other forms of contraception, including condoms for older pupils, have not been ruled out.’
    • ‘Our purpose was to select only those participants who used a condom in the last sex act.’
    • ‘If a couple are using both, it is a personal choice as to whether they stop using condoms.’
    • ‘If safe sex and condoms were necessary to prevent the killer disease, did it call for a day to do it?’
    • ‘Have a fundraiser, buy a red ribbon and most importantly, use a condom and practice safer sex.’
    • ‘Asking a person whether he used a condom during his last sex act is not a simple question.’
    • ‘It is our duty to educate them about practising safe sex and the use of condoms.’
    • ‘It should be as easy for a teenager to talk about sex and condoms as any other subject imaginable.’
    • ‘They can get free condoms from the local clinic or from their school nurse.’
    contraceptive, sheath
    female condom
    durex, femidom
    johnny, something for the weekend
    rubber, safe, safety, skin
    french letter, frenchy
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Early 18th century: of unknown origin; often said to be named after a physician who invented it, but no such person has been traced.