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dalliance

[dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns] /ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns/
noun
1.
a trifling away of time; dawdling.
2.
amorous toying; flirtation.
Origin of dalliance
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50, dalliance is from the Middle English word daliaunce. See dally, -ance
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  • This dalliance, however, did not suit the ardor of my angry favorite.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • Let him start at once on the jack trail, that primrose path of dalliance.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • Sr W.—In sooth, when a shift's turned up, delay is meet for naught but dalliance.

    1601 Mark Twain
  • "Go to your dalliance," sneered Bora, who had overheard the message.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • Not returning in due course, her husband grew wroth at her dalliance.

    Yorkshire Family Romance Frederick Ross
British Dictionary definitions for dalliance

dalliance

/ˈdælɪəns/
noun
1.
waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
2.
an archaic word for flirtation
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