al·​li·​ance | \ ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce alliance (audio) \

Definition of alliance

1a : the state of being allied : the action of allying nations in close alliance
b : a bond or connection between families, states, parties, or individuals a closer alliance between government and industry
2 : an association to further the common interests of the members specifically : a confederation of nations by treaty the alliance of Western nations
3 : union by relationship in qualities : affinity an alliance of industry and academia
4 : a treaty of alliance

Examples of alliance in a Sentence

We need to form a closer alliance between government and industry. strengthen the alliance of western nations There has been a pattern of shifting alliances in the political world. The article condemns what some say is an unholy alliance between government and media. one nation working in alliance with another There is disagreement within the alliance about how to deal with this problem. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Over here: an alliance between NBCUniversal and iSpot. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 14 May 2022 Acting as a further deterrent, the Nordic neighbors bring their very capable militaries to the alliance, including fighter jets and submarines. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2022 The exhibition also marks the museum’s ever-growing alliance with Hollywood, which helps the museum raise operating funds. Anne Quito, Quartz, 10 May 2022 Armenia has a security alliance with Russia, which provides most of its military equipment, some dating to the Soviet era. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Rocksroy tried to push for an all-men’s alliance, which rubbed several players the wrong way. cleveland, 4 May 2022 An alliance among hyperscalers, telecom providers and quantum key providers is an ideal approach for delivering this security. John Prisco, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Neither the Net Zero Asset Managers alliance or the Net-Zero Banking Alliance—both under the GFANZ umbrella—take a position on specific shareholder resolutions. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 While Rocksroy was off on Exile Island thanking God for giving him a break from his bored, naggy wife, the rest of the tribe was busy alliance (and friendship) building. Dalton Ross,, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of alliance

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for alliance

see ally entry 1

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18 May 2022

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“Alliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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al·​li·​ance | \ ə-ˈlī-əns How to pronounce alliance (audio) \

Kids Definition of alliance

1 : a relationship in which people, groups, or countries agree to work together The oil company and the environmental group formed an unusual alliance.
2 : an association of people, groups, or nations working together for a specific purpose the Alliance for Arts Education

Alliance geographical name

Al·​li·​ance | \ ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce Alliance (audio) \

Definition of Alliance

city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Canton population 22,322

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