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

Wiktionary

  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.

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

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.

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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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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Numerology

  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. Donald Trump:

    I am shocked and saddened by the assassination of my friend and longtime partner Shinzo Abe, i will always remember the work we did to strengthen our alliance, the moving experience of traveling to Hiroshima and Pearl Harbor together, and the grace he and his wife Akie Abe showed to me and Michelle.

  2. Misbah Ahdab:

    We're talking about bringing money to the Lebanese army to fight terrorism. Wonderful. But do we fight terrorism only with rockets? There's a recipe against terrorism. If people are starving, they will be in alliance with the devil.

  3. Federica Mogherini:

    We need an alliance. We need to strengthen our way of cooperating together.

  4. That Clinton:

    We worked hard to improve and ratify trade agreements with Colombia and Panama and encouraged Canada and the group of countries that became known as the Pacific Alliance -- Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile -- all open-market democracies driving toward a more prosperous future to join negotiations with Asian nations on TPP, the trans-Pacific trade agreement.

  5. Sydney Smith:

    Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation.

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