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[flur-tey-shuh n] /flɜrˈteɪ ʃən/
the act or practice of flirting; coquetry.
a love affair that is not serious.
Origin of flirtation
1710-20; flirt + -ation
Related forms
flirtational, adjective
flirtationless, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flirtation
  • It is the difference between a light flirtation and a righteous marriage with all its duties and difficulties.
  • Meyer wanted to show how music is defined by its flirtation with-but not submission to-our expectations of order.
  • Certain kinds of flirtation deemed unacceptable today could perhaps one day be regarded as relatively harmless.
  • The students won't be distracted by your visit, engaged as they are in companionship and flirtation.
  • There's been a certain flirtation between them over the last year.
  • They steer away from serious topics, with humor and flirtation.
  • Her flirtation with jazz, gospel, and popular forms began as a happy accident.
  • Guy wants everything all the time, a state of affairs that his mission of reconciliation and flirtation only underscores.
  • flirtation has become a lost art, swept aside by the giddy pace of modern life.
  • But that flirtation with pain and the possibility of failure may be ending.
British Dictionary definitions for flirtation


behaviour intended to arouse sexual feelings or advances without emotional commitment; coquetry
any casual involvement without commitment: a flirtation with journalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flirtation

1718, noun of action from flirt (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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