Definition of liaison in English:


Syllabification: li·ai·son
Pronunciation: /ˈlēəˌzän
, lēˈāzän


1Communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations: the head porter works in close liaison with the reception office
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  • Management of toxicities in the community requires close liaison with the hospital team, and severe toxicity requires immediate admission.
  • He said the Institute was putting in place a framework for the resolution of the problem and towards this end, it would work in close liaison with the residents, students, community leaders and the Gardai.
  • On the contrary, ‘lobbying’ must be applied vigorously in close liaison with constituent social movements.
1.1A person who acts as a link to assist communication or cooperation between groups of people: he’s our liaison with a number of interested parties
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  • If you want to interview someone in particular, see if a media liaison can arrange it for you.
  • This eight-week program trains parents to be active participants and advocates in their children's education and to share these skills as community liaisons.
  • Advisers serve advisees as advocates, guides, group leaders, community builders, liaisons with parents, and evaluation coordinators.
intermediary, mediator, middleman, contact, link, connection, go-between, representative, agent
1.2A sexual relationship, especially one that is secret and involves unfaithfulness to a partner.
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  • In desperation, she entered warily into a sexual liaison with an army captain, who offered some promise of economic stability.
  • In 1613, she was accused of having a sexual liaison with a neighbour and to clear her name, went to the Church Court.
  • Above and below, divisions blur and the long-established equilibrium is knocked off balance amid revelations of illicit sexual liaisons and dubious business dealings.
love affair, affair, relationship, romance, attachment, fling, amour, romantic entanglement, entanglement, tryst
informal hanky-panky, dirty weekend
2The binding or thickening agent of a sauce, often based on egg yolks.
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  • A liaison of egg yolk and/or a little cream can be added at the end to enrich it and make it even more velvety.
3 Phonetics (In French and other languages) the sounding of a consonant that is normally silent at the end of a word because the next word begins with a vowel.
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  • Perhaps, in the final analysis, French liaison and linking in English may not be so different after all.


mid 17th century (as a culinary term): from French, from lier 'to bind'.

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