Etymology
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dalliance (n.)

also daliance, mid-14c., daliaunce "edifying or spiritual conversation," from dally + -ance. Probably formed in Anglo-French but not attested there. From late 14c. as "polite conversation, chat, small talk; amorous talk, flirtation, coquetry;" meaning "idle or frivolous activity" is from 1540s.

updated on June 25, 2018

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Definitions of dalliance from WordNet

dalliance (n.)
the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working;
Synonyms: dawdling / trifling
dalliance (n.)
playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest;
Synonyms: flirt / flirting / flirtation / coquetry / toying
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