Definition of dalliance in English:

dalliance

Line breaks: dal¦li|ance
Pronunciation: /ˈdalɪəns
 
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noun

  • 1A casual romantic or sexual relationship: Jack was not averse to an occasional dalliance with a pretty girl [mass noun]: MPs have the opportunity for dalliance, as they are away from home for much of the week
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    • Most of the film flips back and forth between Vera and Fred and their respective sexual and financial dalliances.
    • As long as you respect your partner, occasional dalliances are not a big deal.
    • Can Dr Ken save the day, or will his occasional sexual dalliance become the next victim of The Psycho Lover?
  • 1.1A period of brief or casual involvement with something: Berkeley was my last dalliance with the education system
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    • His personal life has pretty much overshadowed his music in recent years as dalliances with alcohol and drugs led to a stay in The Priory clinic.
    • The band's R&B dalliances push the song 'n' the band forward from simple slash 'n' burn to a cocky swagger.
    • Silly ghost stories are otherworldly dalliances, whereas Frankenstein projects dilemmas of coherence and comprehension that are a permanent challenge for narration.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'conversation'): from dally + -ance.

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