Origin of dallianceMiddle English daliaunce from dalien
The definition of a dalliance is a flirtation.
An example of a dalliance is two people having an office romance.
- 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
- My unhappy dalliance with the public school system has blessedly come to its end.
- Very rarely does a dalliance come to a happy end.
- Because of their happy, married lives, Frank and Beth's work dalliance didn't last long.
- It is not uncommon nowadays for teenagers to go quickly from one dalliance to another.
- Believing their relationship to be merely a dalliance, I wasn't convinced when she mentioned marriage in their future.