from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An instance or a means of communication between different groups or units of an organization, especially in the armed forces.
- n. One that maintains communication: served as the President's liaison with Congress.
- n. A close relationship, connection, or link.
- n. An adulterous relationship; an affair.
- n. Linguistics Pronunciation of the usually silent final consonant of a word when followed by a word beginning with a vowel, especially in French.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Communication between two parties or groups.
- n. Co-operation, working together.
- n. A relayer of information between two forces in an army or during war.
- n. A tryst, romantic meeting.
- n. An illicit sexual relationship or affair.
- n. A sandhi in which a normally silent final consonant is pronounced when the next word begins with a vowel.
- v. To liaise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A union, or bond of union; an intimacy; an interrelationship.
- n. An illicit sexual relation between a man and a woman; a sexual afffair.
- n. A process of communication between parts of an organization or between two organizations acting together for a common purpose.
- n. A person whose function it is to maintain such communication.
- n. A pronunciation of a consonant sound that would be otherwise silent, such as the final consonant of certain French words, when the following word begins with a vowel sound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bond of union; an intimacy; entanglement; commonly, an illicit intimacy between a man and a woman.
- n. In the French language, the linking or joining in pronunciation of a final consonant, usually silent, to the succeeding word when that begins with a vowel: for example, vous (vö) and avez, when coming together, are pronounced vö zavā.
- n. In cookery, a thickening, generally of beaten eggs, intended to combine or amalgamate the ingredients of a dish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
- n. a channel for communication between groups
French, from Old French, from Latin ligātiō, ligātiōn-, from ligātus, past participle of ligāre, to bind; see ligate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French liaison ("binding"), from Latin ligatio (stem ligation-) (English ligation), derived from ligō, from Proto-Indo-European *leygʰ- (“to bind”). (Wiktionary)