- the contact or connection maintained by communications between units of the armed forces or of any other organization in order to ensure concerted action, cooperation, etc.
- a person who initiates and maintains such a contact or connection.
- an illicit sexual relationship.
- Cookery. the process of thickening sauces, soups, etc., as by the addition of eggs, cream, butter, or flour.
- Phonetics. a speech-sound redistribution, occurring especially in French, in which an otherwise silent final consonant is articulated as the initial sound of a following syllable that begins with a vowel or with a silent h, as the z- and n-sounds in Je suis un homme [zhuh swee zœ nawm] /ʒə swi zœ ˈnɔm/.
Origin of liaison
Related Words for liaisoncommunication, contact, intermediary, entanglement, encounter, interchange, hookup, connection, link, in, fixer, interface, romance, amour, interlude, intrigue, fling
Examples from the Web for liaison
Contemporary Examples of liaison
Piece Co. will then seamlessly source the artisans and be your liaison for collaboration.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
November 3, 2014
Hollande officially left Royal for Trierweiler in 2007, although their liaison began in 2005.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All
September 3, 2014
He pressured one woman to seek an abortion following their liaison.Why Do Voters Stick With Hypocrites Like Scott DesJarlais?
August 18, 2014
Suddenly, in the midst of their liaison, Brody notices his SUV parked outside the window.‘Homeland’: The 7 Plot Points You Need to Remember for the Season 3 Premiere
September 27, 2013
My job was to actually draft the ceasefire and serve as liaison with Arafat's envoy in the process—Hani al-Hassan.Another Ceasefire, Another Assassination
November 16, 2012
Historical Examples of liaison
The offspring of a liaison between a bald head and a bank account.The Devil's Dictionary
His son, who was then at Court with him, was, upon the pretext of a liaison with Mdlle.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
A liaison between her and Flory led to the ruin of the latter on the Stock Exchange.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
He speaks of “the liaison” with all the rude simplicity and frankness of the Arabian Nights.The Book of Khalid
The first-class citizens who owned the plants had their own liaison.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
- communication and contact between groups or units
- (modifier) of or relating to liaison between groups or unitsa liaison officer
- a secretive or adulterous sexual relationship
- one who acts as an agent between parties; intermediary
- the relationship between military units necessary to ensure unity of purpose
- (in the phonology of several languages, esp French) the pronunciation of a normally silent consonant at the end of a word immediately before another word commencing with a vowel, in such a way that the consonant is taken over as the initial sound of the following word. Liaison is seen between French ils (il) and ont (ɔ̃), to give ils ont (il zɔ̃)
- any thickening for soups, sauces, etc, such as egg yolks or cream
Word Origin for liaison
1640s, from French liaison "a union, a binding together" (13c.), from Late Latin ligationem (nominative ligatio) "a binding," from past participle stem of Latin ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Originally a cookery term for a thickening agent for sauces. Sense of "intimate relations" is from 1806. Military sense of "cooperation between branches, allies, etc." is from 1816. The noun meaning "one who is concerned with liaison of units, etc." is short for liaison officer.