dalliance

[ dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns ]
/ ˈdæl i əns, ˈdæl yəns /

noun

a trifling away of time; dawdling.
amorous toying; flirtation.

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Origin of dalliance

First recorded in 1300–50, dalliance is from the Middle English word daliaunce. See dally, -ance
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British Dictionary definitions for dalliance

dalliance
/ (ˈdælɪəns) /

noun

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