dalliance

noun dal·li·ance \ ˈda-lē-ən(t)s \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of dalliance

: an act of dallying: such as
a : play; especially : amorous play
  • had dalliances with several women before getting married
b : frivolous action : trifling
  • had a brief dalliance with acting

Examples of dalliance in a Sentence

  1. an extremely serious scientist who is not much given to dalliance or idle chitchat

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First Known Use of dalliance

14th century

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DALLIANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dalliance for English Language Learners

  • : an action that is not serious

  • : a romantic or sexual relationship that is brief and not serious



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