liaison definition, liaison meaning | English dictionary




1    communication and contact between groups or units  
2    modifier   of or relating to liaison between groups or units  
a liaison officer     
3    a secretive or adulterous sexual relationship  
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 (<PH:P>), to give ils ont (<PH:i><PH:l> <PH:z><PH:P>)  
6    any thickening for soups, sauces, etc., such as egg yolks or cream  
     (C17: via French from Old French, from lier to bind, from Latin ligare)  

liaison officer  
1    a person who liaises between groups or units  
2      (N.Z.)   a university official who oversees the operation of the accrediting system in schools  
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1    communication, connection, contact, go-between, hook-up, interchange, intermediary  
2    affair, amour, entanglement, illicit romance, intrigue, love affair, romance  

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