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

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Examples of dalliance in a Sentence

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, in the meaning defined above

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“Dalliance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dalliance. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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dalliance

noun
How to pronounce dalliance (audio)

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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