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[dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns] /ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns/
a trifling away of time; dawdling.
amorous toying; flirtation.
Origin of dalliance
1300-50; Middle English daliaunce. See dally, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then things begin happening fast, as though to make up for the time lost in dalliance.
  • Many grad school students are already in committed relationships and the lure of an overseas dalliance is insignificant.
  • After a brief dalliance with the broken meter, he threw the switch.
  • Even on the eve of his wedding day, he insists on having an extra-curricular dalliance.
  • It is a saga filled with intrigues of the court and her husband's dalliance.
  • Others are more philosophical, reflecting on the lessons of a lifetime's dalliance with history.
  • Suffice it to say it was not due to the dalliance of the defendants.
  • But a twist of fate spoils the lovers' dalliance and thwarts their plan to be rid of the unsuspecting husband.
  • The court said be was ashamed of such dalliance and they wore sent over for thirty days each.
British Dictionary definitions for dalliance


waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
an archaic word for flirtation
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