dalliance

noun
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

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 But this dalliance with aubade was short-lived, after which Tower and Weilerstein hit the ground running. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Coca-Cola's primary dalliance in this world came with MyCoke, an online chat space that revolved around Flash in its years of operation and included pedestrian mini-games and music remixing tools. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2022 Hearst went furthest in his dalliance with Nazi Germany. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Jim Harbaugh will stay at Michigan after all, ending his dalliance with a return to the NFL after interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings for their head coaching vacancy Wednesday. Dave Campbell, chicagotribune.com, 3 Feb. 2022 Jim Harbaugh will stay at Michigan after all, ending his dalliance with a return to the NFL after interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings for their head coach vacancy. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Feb. 2022 Harbaugh to stay at Michigan: Former Stanford and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh will stay at Michigan after all, ending his dalliance with a return to the NFL after interviewing with the Vikings for their head-coach vacancy. San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022 Walker re-signed with the Lions after a brief dalliance with free agency this spring. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 13 Apr. 2022 That suggests women may be ready to approach getting dressed as a complex dalliance between fabric, body, and identity. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dalliance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

29 May 2022

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“Dalliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dalliance. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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