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Definition of "alliance" []

  • A close association of nations or other groups, formed to advance common interests or causes: an alliance of labor unions opposing the bill. (noun)
  • A formal agreement establishing such an association, especially an international treaty of friendship. (noun)
  • A connection based on kinship, marriage, or common interest; a bond or tie: the shifting alliances within a large family. (noun)
  • Close similarity in nature or type; affinity: the ancient alliance between mathematics and music. (noun)
  • The act of becoming allied or the condition of being allied: the church, acting in alliance with community groups. (noun)
  • The act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim (noun)
  • The countries involved in such an agreement (noun)
  • A union between families through marriage (noun)
  • Affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics (noun)
  • A taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass (noun)

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Use "alliance" in a sentence
  • "For my part, I have to say that whether there be such an alliance depends, so far as I know, upon what may be a right definition of the term “alliance."
  • "In a letter to the Vienna Tageblatt, he advocates an economic alliance among the Continental nations for the purpose of barring out American goods, an economic alliance, in his own language, "_which may possibly and desirably develop into a political alliance_.""
  • "In announcing Key's visit, the White House said the leaders would discuss "the close friendship and partnership between our two countries" -- a sign of growing ties, but a notch below using the term alliance."