liaison[for 1, 2, & 4, lē ā′zän′, -zən; lē′ə zän′, lā′-; for 3, lē′ā zōn′, -zōn′, -zän′]
- The definition of liaison is a meeting in secret.
An example of liaison is a couple secretly meeting at a hotel.
- Liaison is defined as someone who links people.
An example of a liaison is an ambassador who communicates between two countries politically.
- a linking up or connecting of two or more separate entities or of the parts, as military units, of a whole so that they can work together effectively
- an illicit love affair
- in spoken French, the linking of words, under certain conditions, by pronouncing the final consonant, ordinarily silent, of one word as though it were the initial consonant of the following word, as in the phrase chez elle (pronounced s̸hā zelʹ)
- a person who functions as a connection, as between persons or groups
Origin of liaisonFrench ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin ligato ; from ligare, to bind: see ligature
- a. An instance or a means of communication between different groups or units of an organization, especially in the armed forces.b. One that maintains communication: served as the president's liaison with Congress.
- A sexual relationship, especially when at least one person is married or involved in a sexual relationship with someone else.
- Linguistics Pronunciation of the usually silent final consonant of a word when followed by a word beginning with a vowel, especially in French.
intransitive verbli·a·soned, li·a·son·ing, li·a·sons
Origin of liaisonFrench, from Old French, from Latin ligātiō, ligātiōn-, from ligātus, past participle of ligāre, to bind; see ligate.
- Communication between two parties or groups.
- Co-operation, working together.
- A relayer of information between two forces in an army or during war.
- A tryst, romantic meeting.
- (figuratively) An illicit sexual relationship or affair.
- (linguistics) The phonological fusion of two consecutive words and the manner in which this occurs, for example intrusion, consonant-vowel linking, etc. In the context of some languages, such as French, liaison can refer specifically to a normally silent final consonant, being pronounced when the next word begins with a vowel, and can often also include the intrusion of a "t" in certain fixed chunks of language such as the question form "pense-t-il".
(third-person singular simple present liaisons, present participle liaisoning, simple past and past participle liaisoned)
- (proscribed) To liaise.