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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.


  • Rhymes: -eɪzən
  • (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.
    • 2020 August 4, Richard Conniff, “They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool”, in National Geographic Magazine[1]:
      ostriches in breeding season are relentlessly promiscuous, with both males and females seeking liaisons with multiple partners.
  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".
    Hypernym: sandhi

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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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