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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.


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  • (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)

  1. Communication between two parties or groups.
  2. Co-operation, working together.
  3. A relayer of information between two forces in an army or during war.
  4. A tryst, romantic meeting.
  5. (figuratively) An illicit sexual relationship or affair.
  6. (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".

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liaison (third-person singular simple present liaisons, present participle liaisoning, simple past and past participle liaisoned)

  1. (proscribed) To liaise.



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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)

  1. link, bond
  2. friendship
  3. liaison (romantic encounter)
  4. liaison (communication)
  5. (linguistics) liaison (phonological phenomenon)
  6. (chemistry) bond

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