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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
First recorded in 1710-20; flirt + -ation
Related forms
flirtational, adjective
flirtationless, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • flirtation may be practiced in a more or less unconscious manner.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It is needless to say that the nature of coquetry disposes to flirtation.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • As a rule, however, things do not go so far as this in flirtation.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Youth, beauty, health, finery and flirtation excite the sexual appetite.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • "Nadine did not call it a flirtation," returned the girl, gravely.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
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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