liaison
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /liˈeɪ.zɒ̃/, /liˈeɪ.zɒn/, /liˈeɪ.z(ə)n/, /laɪˈeɪ.zɒn/, /laɪˈeɪ.zən/
  • (America) IPA: /li.ˈeɪ.zɑn/, /li.ˈeɪ.sɑn/, /ˈlaɪ.ə.sən/
Noun

liaison

  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 (liaisons, present participle liaisoning; past and past participle liaisoned)

  1. (proscribed) To liaise.



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