from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic The act of tarrying.
  • n. Archaic A temporary stay; a sojourn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of tarrying; dalliance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or time of tarrying; delay; lateness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tarrying; delay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of tarrying


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  • Highness back to your tent, and that without further tarriance. ''

    The Talisman

  • Thus one cause of my tarriance to you I do render:

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 6

  • After having finished the service in Yorkshire, I have had a week's tarriance at Harrowgate.

    Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley

  • 'So fear'd the King, and, after two days' tarriance there, return'd.

    Lancelot and Elaine

  • Picture-frames and copper succeed to tin-ware, argand lamps, and damaged crockery; china marks the next transition; and after no long tarriance in the "omnium gatherum" stage, the shop becomes a museum.

    Cousin Pons

  • He who was born in happy hour made no tarriance; he drew on his legs hose of fine cloth, and put on over them shoes which were richly worked.

    Chronicle of the Cid

  • Now came true tidings that the host of the Almoravides, which was at Lorca, was coming on through Murcia, and that the tarriance which they had made had been by reason of their Captain, who had fallen sick, but he was now healed, and they were advancing fast.

    Chronicle of the Cid

  • He who was born in happy hour made no tarriance; they saddled him Bavieca and threw his trappings on.

    Chronicle of the Cid

  • They made no tarriance in doing this, for they had it at heart; one tarried with them, and the other returned, and said it was the host of the

    Chronicle of the Cid

  • My Cid the Campeador made no tarriance in Valencia; he made ready for the meeting: there was many a great mule, and many a palfrey, and many a good horse, and many a goodly suit of arms, cloaks, and mantles both of cloth and of peltry; ... great and little are all clad in colours.

    Chronicle of the Cid


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  • Your status you may well enhance

    By carefully casual dalliance.

    The rich and the great

    Are stylishly late,

    And greater the longer the tarriance.

    July 12, 2018