The definition of a dalliance is a flirtation.
An example of a dalliance is two people having an office romance.
the act of dallying; flirting, toying, or trifling
Origin of dallianceMiddle English daliaunce from dalien
- a. Casual romantic or sexual activity: “[The military campaigns] provided ample opportunity for dalliance with civilians and hence for the spread of sexually transmitted disease” ( Mark Harrison )b. A casual or brief romantic or sexual relationship: revealed his many dalliances in his memoirs.
- A brief involvement or interest in something: a dalliance with socialism.
- Frivolous spending of time; dawdling: passed the summer in idle dalliance.
From Middle English