af·​fil·​i·​a·​tion ə-ˌfi-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio)
plural affiliations
: the state or relation of being closely associated or affiliated with a particular person, group, party, company, etc.
The radio station has maintained a longtime affiliation with the concert hall and often has featured performers as guests on the air.
A former Democrat, Joseph McCarthy had switched his affiliation and was elected in the Republican landslide of 1946 …Ted Widmer
… hundreds of businessmen owe their success to an affiliation with organized crime.William Bastone

Examples of affiliation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This research delves into linguistic patterns and focused community affiliations, as well as music and movie preferences. Sara Smith, Variety, 1 Dec. 2023 In multiple court filings, per The New York Times, his lawyers have reiterated the claim that YSL is only a record label and does not have gang affiliations. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 Published on the Israeli government website, some are listed as having an affiliation with Hamas, but many are listed as under arrest without a specified jail term. NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 Navy Federal also requires customers to have a professional affiliation with the military or Department of Defense, or a family relationship with someone who does. Martha C. White,, 22 Nov. 2023 Every opinion is clearly marked as such, with the author’s name, affiliation, and any conflicts of interest disclosed. Torie Bosch, STAT, 11 Nov. 2023 No, there’s no affiliation with the Hollywood actor. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2023 Leslie Carrillo, who did not state a specific affiliation, said that many have government oversight. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Nov. 2023 Nugget isn't the only Philadelphia native playfully taking aim at Swift, 33, for her affiliation with Travis, 34, and the Chiefs ahead of Sunday's game. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affiliation was in 1791

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“Affiliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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