What does Alliance mean?

Definitions for Alliance
əˈlaɪ ənsal·liance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alliance, confederationnoun

    the state of being allied or confederated

  2. alliance, bondnoun

    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, alinementnoun

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

  4. alliancenoun

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

  5. confederation, alliancenoun

    the act of forming an alliance or confederation


  1. alliancenoun

    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. alliancenoun

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

  3. alliancenoun

    The persons or parties allied. --Udall.

  4. alliancenoun

    A treaty between nations for their mutual advantage

  5. allianceverb

    To connect or unite by alliance; to ally.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Alliancenoun

    Etymology: alliance, Fr.

    A bloody Hymen shall th’ alliance join
    Betwixt the Trojan and th’ Ausonian line. John Dryden, Æneid.

    For my father’s sake,
    In honour of a true Plantagenet,
    And, for alliance’ sake, declare the cause
    My father lost his head. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    Dorset, your son, that with a fearful soul
    Leads discontented steps in foreign soil,
    This fair alliance quickly shall call home
    To high promotions. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Adrastus soon, with gods averse, shall join
    In dire alliance with the Theban line;
    Thence strife shall rise, and mortal war succeed. Alexander Pope.

    I would not boast the greatness of my father,
    But point out new alliances to Cato. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. Alliance

    An alliance is a relationship among people, groups, or states that have joined together for mutual benefit or to achieve some common purpose, whether or not explicit agreement has been worked out among them. Members of an alliance are called allies. Alliances form in many settings, including political alliances, military alliances, and business alliances. 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", "Allies" usually denotes the countries who fought together against the Central Powers in World War I (the Allies of World War I), or those who fought against the Axis Powers in World War II (the Allies of World War II). The term has also been used by the United States Army to describe the countries that gave assistance to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.The Allied Powers in World War I (also known as the Entente Powers) were initially the United Kingdom, France, the Russian Empire, Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro and Japan, joined later by Italy, Portugal, Romania, the United States, Greece and Brazil. Some, such as the Russian Empire, withdrew from the war before the armistice due to revolution or defeat. After the end of World War II and during the Cold War, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed as a political and military alliance that promotes anti-communist values.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 Forces in Iraq which are commonly referred to as "Coalition forces" or, as by the George W. Bush administration, "the coalition of the willing".


  1. alliance

    An alliance is a formal agreement or union between individuals, groups, or nations, made in order to advance common goals, enhance mutual interests, or provide mutual support. It often involves sharing resources and cooperation in achieving shared objectives, typically in political, economic, or military areas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alliancenoun

    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. Alliancenoun

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

  3. Alliancenoun

    the persons or parties allied

  4. Allianceverb

    to connect by alliance; to ally


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alliance

    al-lī′ans, n. state of being allied: union by marriage or treaty. [See Ally.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. alliance

    A league or confederacy between sovereigns or states, for mutual safety and defence. Subjects of allies cannot trade with the common enemy, on pain of the property being confiscated as prize to the captors.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. alliance

    In a military sense, signifies a treaty entered into by sovereign states for their mutual safety and defense. In this sense alliances may be divided into such as are offensive, where the contracting parties oblige themselves jointly to attack some other power; and into such as are defensive, whereby the contracting powers bind themselves to stand by and defend one another, in case of being attacked by any other power. Alliances are variously distinguished according to their object, the parties in them, etc. Hence we read of equal, unequal, triple, quadruple, grand, offensive, defensive alliances, etc.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alliance is ranked #120901 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Alliance surname appeared 143 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Alliance.

    85.3% or 122 total occurrences were Black.
    11.1% or 16 total occurrences were White.

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

Anagrams for Alliance »

  1. ancillae

  2. canaille

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alliance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alliance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Alliance in a Sentence

  1. Joe Biden:

    Let me be crystal clear, the United States is fully, thoroughly, completely committed to the alliance.

  2. Dan Bishop:

    One way in which [Trump] really affected American thinking was about the NATO alliance and what should happen to it. The NATO alliance is very important to Western security, but Europe needs to be responsible financially for itself and, frankly, ought to be a very leading force in NATO rather than be dependent upon the United States.

  3. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    This state visit will show both inside and outside that still under the new era, Reiwa, the bonds between Japan and the United States under our alliance will remain unwavering. And also we will demonstrate our strong commitment to addressing various challenges that we see in the international community.

  4. Larry McMichael:

    I've changed so many kids' lives ... that actually work for the alliance now, that's actually mentoring kids now, at one time they was carrying guns around and all that. They don't do any of that no more.

  5. Shinzo Abe:

    We should consider it from the perspective of what Japan can do to beef up the deterrent capability of the Japan-U.S. alliance and protect the lives and property of the Japanese people.

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