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