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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
First recorded in 1300-50, dalliance is from the Middle English word daliaunce. See dally, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Any trifling or dalliance on his part would have been his ruin.

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • This dalliance, however, did not suit the ardor of my angry favorite.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • It was then, as in after years she was the woman serious, when her own songs moved her, with her dalliance and indifference gone.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • Sr W.—In sooth, when a shift's turned up, delay is meet for naught but dalliance.

    1601 Mark Twain
  • You are his mother, and a kind woman, will you continually search out his dalliance?

    The Golden Asse Lucius Apuleius
British Dictionary definitions for dalliance


waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
an archaic word for flirtation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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