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
Now, often, CIA agents have what they call a liaison relationship with the host government.
And what they call liaison officers, that is intelligence officers, and friendly intelligence services.
It's good cross-talking, and we're sharing what we call liaison officers to cross-talk and make sure we're doing things correctly.
To name both the act of thickening and the agents of thickening, early French cooks used the word liaison, which meant a close connection or bond, whether physical, political, or amorous.
CHAMBLISS: Certainly, Wolf, the top priority is infiltrating terrorist organizations with human assets, people who work for us, rather than depending on what we refer to as liaison assets, people from other countries who work for other intelligence organizations, providing us with information.
RUMSFELD: I think it is certainly likely that they could be doing something other than what you characterize as liaison work.
Dutocq had seen with great uneasiness what he called the liaison of des Lupeaulx with Madame Rabourdin, and his silent wrath on the subject was accumulating.
(More on the French word "liaison" at the excellent L'internaute. com)
More on the French word "liaison" at the excellent L'internaute.com
And liaison is not supposed to occur between preceding words and those following which begin with H aspiree.