Fornicate Definition

fornicated, fornicates, fornicating
To commit fornication.
Webster's New World
To have sex with someone to whom one is not married.
Webster's New World Law
Arched or vaulted.
Webster's New World

Shaped like an arch or vault; resembling a fornix.


Origin of Fornicate

  • From Latin fornix (“arch, vault; brothel”) Arch as in a passageway, it was customary for courtesans of the era to wait for their customers out of the rain under these archways.

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin fornicārī fornicāt- from fornix fornic- vault, vaulted cellar, brothel gwher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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