al·​ly·​ship | \ ˈa-ˌlī-ˌship How to pronounce allyship (audio) , ə-ˈlī- \

Definition of allyship

: 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

First Known Use of allyship

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Allyship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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