Definitions for Allianceəˈlaɪ əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•li•ance*əˈlaɪ əns(n.)

  1. the act of allying, or the state of being allied.

  2. a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.

    Category: Government

  3. a merging of efforts or interests:

    an alliance between church and state.

  4. the persons or entities so allied.

  5. marriage or the family relationship created by marriage.

  6. close relationship or correspondence; affinity:

    the alliance between logic and metaphysics.

* Syn: alliance , league , confederation , union refer to the joining of states for mutual benefit or for the joint exercise of functions. alliance refers to a combination of states for the promotion of common interests:a trade alliance.league usu. suggests a closer, more formal combination or a more definite purpose: The League of Nations was formed to promote world peace.confederation applies to a fairly permanent combination for the exercise in common of certain governmental functions: a confederation of Canadian provinces.union implies an alliance so close and permanent that the separate states become essentially one:the union of England and Scotland to form Great Britain.

Origin of alliance:

1250–1300; ME < OF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alliance, confederation(noun)

    the state of being allied or confederated

  2. alliance, bond(noun)

    a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest

    "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"

  3. alliance, coalition, alignment, alinement(noun)

    an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

  4. alliance(noun)

    a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim

  5. confederation, alliance(noun)

    the act of forming an alliance or confederation

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alliance(noun)əˈlaɪ əns

    an agreement to work toward similar goals

    The alliance did not last.

  2. allianceəˈlaɪ əns

    a group formed from this agreement

    a military alliance

Wiktionary

  1. alliance(Noun)

    The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England.

  2. alliance(Noun)

    Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.

  3. alliance(Noun)

    The persons or parties allied. --Udall.

  4. alliance(Noun)

    A treaty between nations for their mutual advantage

  5. alliance(Verb)

    To connect or unite by alliance; to ally.

  6. Origin: From aliance (French: alliance).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alliance(noun)

    the state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England

  2. Alliance(noun)

    any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity

  3. Alliance(noun)

    the persons or parties allied

  4. Alliance(verb)

    to connect by alliance; to ally

Freebase

  1. Alliance

    The Alliance is a left-wing political party in New Zealand. It was formed in 1991, and was influential in the 1990s, but has since declined and has no representation in parliament. It suffered a major setback after Jim Anderton, the party's leader, left the party in 2002, taking several of the party's MPs. After the remaining MPs lost their seats in the 2002 election, some commentators predicted the demise of the party. The Alliance stood candidates in the 2005 election but won less than 1% of the party vote. The Alliance contested Auckland City Council elections under the City Vision banner, in concert with the New Zealand Labour Party and Green Party. The Alliance ran 15 electorate candidates and a total of 30 candidates on the party list in the 2008 election, increasing its party vote marginally from 2005.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. alliance

    The relationship that results from a formal agreement (e.g., treaty) between two or more nations for broad, long-term objectives that further the common interests of the members. See also coalition; multinational.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alliance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3112

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Alliance' in Nouns Frequency: #1188


Translations for Alliance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

alliance(noun)

the alliance between Britain and France; The three countries entered into an alliance.

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