dal·​li·​ance | \ ˈda-lē-ən(t)s How to pronounce dalliance (audio) \

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

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Examples of dalliance in a Sentence

an extremely serious scientist who is not much given to dalliance or idle chitchat
Recent Examples on the Web For Saban, who has won six national championships at Alabama since his dalliance with the NFL, it's always been clear that his desire to have control over every aspect of the organization is far more compatible with the college game. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Meyer faces tough adjustment heading to NFL Jaguars," 15 Jan. 2021 Diana was most likely referring to Hewitt's attempts to cash in on their dalliance. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana Had Publicly Addressed Her Affair with Major James Hewitt," 30 Nov. 2020 The story of the Russian political élite’s failed dalliance with Trump is a relatively simple one. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The Kremlin Prepares for a Biden Presidency," 13 Nov. 2020 Diana's angst and pain is depicted in a number of ways, including an eating disorder, and her own extramarital dalliance as Charles stays away and rejects her. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Crown' tackles the Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher years," 10 Nov. 2020 Then came a Swedish-pancake infatuation, followed by a dalliance with kimchi pancakes. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "A Lifetime of Pancakes, and Jamaican Banana Fritters," 29 Oct. 2020 In reality, Beard had a dalliance with the head of the German department, a man who was also co-director of the drama club. Washington Post, "James Beard’s outsize appetites and carefully hidden secrets," 23 Oct. 2020 There’s the president’s dalliance with white supremacists and armed right-wing groups, of which the state has its share. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "From coronavirus to race to the economy, Wisconsin is a microcosm of the forces roiling America," 25 Oct. 2020 The Dodgers pounced on him quickly, a brief dalliance that nonetheless centered a player who grew up in nearby Lakewood, California, attending the rival high school of Justin Turner, for one. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'This is the player he was supposed to be': Travis d'Arnaud finds home, success in playoffs with Braves," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dalliance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2021

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“Dalliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dalliance. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dalliance

: an action that is not serious
literary : a romantic or sexual relationship that is brief and not serious

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