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 ?
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.
Not marching in the fields of Thrasymene, Where Mars did mate the warlike Carthagens; Nor sporting in the dalliance of love, In courts of kings where state is overturn'd; Nor in the pomp of proud audacious deeds, Intends our Muse to vaunt her heavenly verse: Only this, gentles,--we must now perform The form of Faustus' fortunes, good or bad: And now to patient judgments we appeal, And speak for Faustus in his infancy.
On Thursday, the MP was among the leaders pictured together with the DP at the memorial service of the founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, where his dalliance with Ruto left Kenyans baffled.
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This week (my first festive dalliance) I'm bringing you fresh and fruity whites.
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.
First, De Lima was not a married person at the time of her dalliance with Dayan.
BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER'S dalliance with lovely tennis star Ana Ivanovic gives hope to gargoyles everywhere - all they need is a 150k-a-week pay-packet and babes like that will be theirs.