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  • Pronunciation: \ˈlē-ə-ˌzän, lē-ˈā-, ÷ˈlā-ə-\
  • Function: noun


  • Etymology: French, from Middle French, from lier, from Old French
  • Date: circa 1648


  • 1 : a binding or thickening agent used in cooking
  • 2 a : a close bond or connection : interrelationship
b : an illicit sexual relationship : affair 3a
b : one that establishes and maintains liaison
  • 4 : the pronunciation of an otherwise absent consonant sound at the end of the first of two consecutive words the second of which begins with a vowel sound and follows without pause