dalliance


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dal·li·ance

 (dăl′ē-əns)
n.
1.
a. Casual romantic or sexual activity: "[The military campaigns] provided ample opportunity for dalliance with civilians and hence for the spread of sexually transmitted disease" (Mark Harrison).
b. A casual or brief romantic or sexual relationship: revealed his many dalliances in his memoirs.
2. A brief involvement or interest in something: a dalliance with socialism.
3. Frivolous spending of time; dawdling: passed the summer in idle dalliance.

dalliance

(ˈdælɪəns)
n
1. waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
2. an archaic word for flirtation

dal•li•ance

(ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns)

n.
1. a trifling away of time; dawdling.
2. amorous toying; flirtation.
[1300–50; Middle English daliaunce. See dally, -ance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dalliance - the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of workingdalliance - the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
2.dalliance - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interestdalliance - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
frolic, gambol, romp, caper, play - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"

dalliance

(Old-fashioned)
noun
1. flirtation, coquetry, amorous play a politician engaging in sexual dalliance with his colleague
2. dabbling, playing, toying, trifling a fashionable dalliance with ideas of liberty and reason

dalliance

noun
1. The practice of flirting:
2. A usually brief romance entered into lightly or frivolously:
Translations
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dalliance

[ˈdælɪəns] N
1. (liter) (amorous) → coqueteo m, flirteo m
2. (esp hum) (with hobby, politics etc) → escarceos mpl

dalliance

[ˈdæliəns] n
(= flirtation) (with person)badinage m amoureux
sexual dalliances → des galipettes
(= brief involvement or interest) (with idea, thing)flirt m

dalliance

n (liter)Tändelei f (liter)
References in classic literature ?
How little thou knowest about it," answered Don Quixote; "I would have thee to know, Sancho, that it is the glory of knights-errant to go without eating for a month, and even when they do eat, that it should be of what comes first to hand; and this would have been clear to thee hadst thou read as many histories as I have, for, though they are very many, among them all I have found no mention made of knights-errant eating, unless by accident or at some sumptuous banquets prepared for them, and the rest of the time they passed in dalliance.
The business end of the funeral of the late Sir Dalliance the duke's son of Cornwall, killed in an encounter with the Giant of the Knotted Bludgeon last Tuesday on the borders of the Plain of Enchantment was in the hands of the ever affable and efficient Mumble, prince of un3ertakers, then whom there exists none by whom it were a more satisfying pleasure to have the last sad offices performed.
Clare hardily kept his arm round her waist in sight of these watermen, with the air of a man who was accustomed to public dalliance, though actually as shy as she who, with lips parted and eyes askance on the labourers, wore the look of a wary animal the while.
Easy and pleasant as their life at Paris was, it was after all only an idle dalliance and amiable trifling; and Rebecca saw that she must push Rawdon's fortune in their own country.
And thus, though surrounded by circle upon circle of consternations and affrights, did these inscrutable creatures at the centre freely and fearlessly indulge in all peaceful concernments; yea, serenely revelled in dalliance and delight.
A dalliance with a congressman results in Will getting a tour of the West Wing, while Karen and Grace bicker over a lost bet on who would win the presidential election.
However, an illadvised dalliance with seductive intern Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood) leaves Morris's reputation hanging by a gossamer thread as media vultures begin to circle.
Coun Faulkner may want the world to forget the Liberal Democrats' dalliance with the forces of darkness but we in Labour never will nor forgive DAVE ANDERSON, MP for Blaydon
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This is not Maysam's first dalliance with tying the knot, though it may be her first matrimonial foray into the medical world.