See also: Liaison
Borrowed from French liaison (“binding”), from Latin ligātiō (stem ligation-) (English ligation), derived from ligō (“I bind”), from Proto-Indo-European *leyǵ- (“to bind”). Doublet of ligation.
- Rhymes: -eɪzɑn
- (UK) IPA(key): /liˈeɪ.zɒ̃/, /liˈeɪ.zɒn/, /liˈeɪ.z(ə)n/, (nonstandard) /laɪˈeɪ.zɒn/, /laɪˈeɪ.zən/
- (US) IPA(key): /li.ˈeɪ.zɑn/, /li.ˈeɪ.sɑn/, (nonstandard) /ˈlaɪ.ə.sən/
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liaison (countable and uncountable, plural liaisons)
|Examples (pronunciation of a normally silent consonant)|
- Communication between two parties or groups.
- Co-operation, working together.
- A relayer of information between two forces in an army or during war.
- Any person who relays information between two groups or organizations.
- As a community liaison, I work to make sure the general public knows about our organization's work.
- A tryst, romantic meeting.
- (figuratively) An illicit sexual relationship or affair.
- 2020 August 4, Richard Conniff, “They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool”, in National Geographic Magazine:
- ostriches in breeding season are relentlessly promiscuous, with both males and females seeking liaisons with multiple partners.
- (phonology) Fusion of two consecutive words and the manner in which this occurs.
- (phonology) The pronunciation of a normally silent final consonant when the next word begins with a vowel.
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
an illicit sexual relationship or affair
linguistics: a sandhi
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liaison (third-person singular simple present liaisons, present participle liaisoning, simple past and past participle liaisoned)
- (proscribed) To liaise.
From Old French, from Late Latin ligātiō, ligātiōnem, derived from Latin ligō (“bind”), or formed from lier + -aison based on the Latin word. Compare also Old Occitan liazó, liazon.
liaison f (plural liaisons)
- link, bond
- liaison (romantic encounter)
- liaison (communication)
- (linguistics) liaison (phonological phenomenon)
- (chemistry) bond
- “liaison”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.