Originally it implied no more than courtship:
    Christopher, in lovemaking, as in most things, would pursue methods unknown to her. (Somerville and Ross, 1894 — Christopher was someone who would not have read, let alone put into practice, lessons from the Kama Sutra)
   Now it refers only to copulation:
    Rachman's love-making was clinical and joyless. (S. Green, 1979)

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  • lovemaking — courtship, mid 15c., from LOVE (Cf. love) (n.) + MAKE (Cf. make). Phrase make love is attested from 1570s in the sense pay amorous attention to; as a euphemism for have sex, it is attested from c.1950 …   Etymology dictionary

  • lovemaking — [n] sexual activity carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, copulation, coquetting, courting, courtship, cuddling, dalliance, fondling, fooling around, foreplay, hugging, intercourse, intimacy, kissing, mating, screwing, sexual intercourse, sexual… …   New thesaurus

  • lovemaking — [luv′māk΄iŋ] n. the act of making love; specif., a) wooing or embracing, kissing, etc. b) sexual intercourse …   English World dictionary

  • lovemaking — noun Date: 15th century 1. courtship 2. sexual activity; especially copulation • lovemaker noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lovemaking — /luv may king/, n. 1. the act of courting or wooing. 2. sexual activity. [1400 50; late ME; see LOVE, MAKING] * * * …   Universalium

  • lovemaking — noun a) sexual intercourse b) courtship; amorous advances …   Wiktionary

  • lovemaking — Synonyms and related words: Amor, Christian love, Eros, Platonic love, act of love, admiration, adoration, adultery, affection, agape, aphrodisia, ardency, ardor, ass, attachment, balling, bodily love, brotherly love, caritas, carnal knowledge,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lovemaking — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. sexual intercourse, dalliance; petting, fondling, kissing, making out (inf.). See endearment. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. *making out, foreplay, intercourse, coitus, copulation, sexual union,… …   English dictionary for students

  • lovemaking — love|mak|ing [ˈlʌvˌmeıkıŋ] n [U] sexual activity, especially the act of having sex …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lovemaking — love|mak|ing [ lʌv,meıkıŋ ] noun uncount sex, especially between people who love each other …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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