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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
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  • Now, Ethy, how could I resist a flirtation with such an interesting character?

    A Book For The Young Sarah French
  • If she cannot have the marriage she will have the flirtation, and she suspects the latter.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • flirtation was in her as charming and almost as meaningless as the preening of birds on the bank of a pool in the meadow.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • If she liked any one it was Robert Fulmort, but that was too much in the way of flirtation.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • At the most a flirtation, ending, as all such attachments should, at the proper time.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
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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