liaison

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/liˈeɪzɒn/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/liˈeɪzən, ˈliəˌzɑn/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(lē′ā zôn, lēə zon′, -zən or, often,-; lē āzən, -zon; Fr. lye zôn)



Inflections of 'liaison' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": liaisons

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
li•ai•son /liˈeɪzən, ˈliəˌzɑn/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] the contact kept in place by communication between parts of a group, as between units of the armed forces, in order to maintain cooperation.
  2. [countable] a person who begins and maintains such a contact.
  3. [countable] a love affair.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
li•ai•son  (lē′ā zôn, lēə zon′, -zən or, often,-; lē āzən, -zon;
Fr. lye zôn),USA pronunciation
 n., pl.  -sons 
    (lē′ā zôn, lēə zon′, -zən or, often,-; lē āzən, -zon;
    Fr. lye zôn),USA pronunciation
     
  1. the contact or connection maintained by communications between units of the armed forces or of any other organization in order to ensure concerted action, cooperation, etc.
  2. a person who initiates and maintains such a contact or connection.
  3. an illicit sexual relationship.
  4. Food[Cookery.]the process of thickening sauces, soups, etc., as by the addition of eggs, cream, butter, or flour.
[Phonet.]a speech-sound redistribution, occurring esp. in French, in which an otherwise silent final consonant is articulated as the initial sound of a following syllable that begins with a vowel or with a silent h, as the z- and n- sounds in Je suis un homme (lē′ā zôn, lēə zon′, -zən or, often,-; lē āzən, -zon;
Fr. lye zôn),USA pronunciation
 
  • Latin ligātiōn- (stem of ligātiō) a binding. See ligation
  • French, Old French
  • 1640–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
liaison /lɪˈeɪzɒn/ n
  1. communication and contact between groups or units
  2. a secretive or adulterous sexual relationship
  3. one who acts as an agent between parties; intermediary
  4. the relationship between military units necessary to ensure unity of purpose
  5. (in the phonology of several languages, esp French) the pronunciation of a normally silent consonant at the end of a word immediately before another word commencing with a vowel, in such a way that the consonant is taken over as the initial sound of the following word. Liaison is seen between French ils (il) and ont ( ɔ̃ ), to give ils ont ( il zɔ̃ )
  6. any thickening for soups, sauces, etc, such as egg yolks or cream
Etymology: 17th Century: via French from Old French, from lier to bind, from Latin ligāre
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