al·​ly·​ship ˈa-ˌlī-ˌship How to pronounce allyship (audio)
: the state or condition of being an ally : supportive association with another person or group
The rest of the third season of House of Cards details a fumbled allyship between the Russian president and President Frank Underwood.R. A. Farley
specifically : such association with the members of a marginalized or mistreated group to which one does not belong
The actress also shared how her allyship with the LGBT community played a part in her interest in playing Shelly Pfefferman in "Transparent." Mariah Cooper
Poor allyship is speaking over marginalized people by taking credit and receiving recognition for arguments that the unprivileged have been making for their entire lives. Hallie Sebastian
… there are even more brands this year who've created timely, Pride-themed products and initiatives that help you celebrate and show your support through glitter-packed campaigns and social-media rallies, and, most importantly, turn your product purchase into an act of allyship. Samatha Sasso

Examples of allyship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fey reveals her own disingenuousness, making a travesty of Cady and Regina’s insincerity regarding, respectively, allyship and jealousy. Armond White, National Review, 17 Jan. 2024 As Gen Z, the most racially diverse generation enters the workforce, the fake allyship that’s been used to bury DEI issues is highly problematic. Allyson Kapin, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2023 Michelle points to awareness and the celebration of diversity as a tool to that has helped catalyze allyship among CAR members. Ahmmad Brown, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Even so, the most pointed onstage treatment of antisemitism, connecting it to the nature of allyship and lip service within the theater itself, may have been the one that turned the subject into a joke. Jesse Green, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Read on to learn more about allyship for different groups and spaces and ways to practice allyship. Claire Gillespie, Health, 10 Nov. 2023 The complicated dynamics created by intersectionality and real or apparent allyship become increasingly resonant in both time frames — all the more so because of this cast’s ability to suggest nuanced unease, suspicion and second-guessing. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2023 To accomplish this, Cadence has 90% of its managers around the world complete unconscious bias and allyship trainings. Ted Kitterman, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 The Taylor News Cycle can be endlessly frustrating: The Matty Healy association, the private jet emissions, the allegations of performative allyship, the revisionist history. Amy Phillips, Pitchfork, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of allyship was in 1849

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“Allyship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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