[dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns]


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
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Contemporary Examples of dalliance

Historical Examples of dalliance

  • 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.

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


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for dalliance



waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
an archaic word for flirtation
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