Definitions for alliesˈæl aɪz, əˈlaɪz
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
al•liesˈæl aɪz, əˈlaɪz(n.)
Ref: pl. of ally. 1
(cap.) (in World War I) the nations that fought against the Central Powers: Great Britain, France, Russia, and the nations later allied with them, as Japan, Italy, and, loosely, the U.S.
(cap.) (in World War II) the nations that fought against the Axis: Great Britain, the U.S., the Soviet Union, and others.
the alliance of nations that fought the Axis in World War II and which (with subsequent additions) signed the charter of the United Nations in 1945
in World War I the alliance of Great Britain and France and Russia and all the other nations that became allied with them in opposing the Central Powers
an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy
The countries allied against the Axis Powers during World War II. The major signatories included the United States, Soviet Union, Britain, France, Canada and China.
The countries allied against the Central Powers during World War I, including especially the United Kingdom, the Russian Empire and France.
Plural form of ally.
In everyday English usage, allies are people, groups, or nations that have joined in an association for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose, whether or not explicit agreement has been worked out between them. When the term is used in the context of war or armed struggle, such associations may also be called allied powers, especially when discussing World War I or World War II. A formal military alliance is not required for being perceived as an ally—co-belligerence, fighting alongside someone, is enough. According to this usage, allies become so not when concluding an alliance treaty but when struck by war. When spelled with a capital "A", the word "Allies" usually denotes the countries who fought together against the Central Powers in World War I, or those who fought against the Axis Powers in World War II. The term has also been used by the United States Army to describe the countries that gave assistance to the South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. More recently, the term "Allied forces" has also been used to describe the Coalition of the Gulf War, as opposed to forces the Multi-National Force in Iraq which are commonly referred to as "Coalition forces" or, as by the George W. Bush administration, "The coalition of the willing".
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name generally given to the confederate Powers who in 1814 and 1815 entered France and restored the Bourbons.
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