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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 Cowboys — Grant Delpit, S, LSU: Dallas' dalliance with the Jets on a potential trade for Jamal Adams showed the team had interest in adding a playmaker at safety, so why not move down the line to the next LSU product? Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2020: Where do LSU, Clemson star players land in first round?," 16 Jan. 2020 Diplo and Skrillex on Charlie Rose (2015) Charlie Rose’s 2015 roundtable interview with Skrillex and Diplo, then promoting their work as Jack Ü, is an unlikely time capsule of EDM’s mainstream media dalliances. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019 Speaking of Kemba, the Celtics, and Kyrie, Irving’s rumored dalliance with Brooklyn opens a lot of doors elsewhere. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Ripple Effects of NBA Free Agency's Early Moves," 30 June 2019 After a monthlong dalliance with the Colorado Rockies regarding Nolan Arenado, the Rangers are making contingency plans. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Sources: Texas Rangers re-engage in talks with free agent Nicholas Castellanos," 6 Jan. 2020 She was also linked to pianist Robin Douglas-Home, and other extra-marital dalliances were rumored, but many remain unconfirmed. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones' Full Relationship Timeline," 18 Nov. 2019 Among the most dramatic are that Ovid knew of an incestuous affair between Augustus and his daughter Julia, or that Ovid had a dalliance with Livia, the emperor’s wife. Esteban Berché, National Geographic, "Did Ovid's erotic poetry lead to his exile from Rome?," 26 Nov. 2019 Expect the dalliance to impact your money, personal life and intuitive ability. SFChronicle.com, "Minerva’s weekly horoscope, Oct. 20," 15 Oct. 2019 When the Wilpons first invested in the Mets, baseball was a mostly harmless dalliance for wealthy businessmen. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Fans Didn’t Like the Way Jeff Wilpon Ran the Mets. Neither Did Some of His Relatives.," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dalliance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Dalliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dalliance. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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