1
a
: a temporary combination of parties in a legislative assembly
b
: a group of legislators who act together for some common purpose irrespective of party lines
2
a
: a combination of persons, groups, or nations forming a unit with a common interest or purpose
a bloc of voters
b
: a group of nations united by treaty or agreement for mutual support or joint action
3
: a quantity, number, or section of things dealt with as a unit : block
… seeking to buy and sell a large bloc of shares …Stuart Washington
Potvin's outstanding bloc of games during his rookie campaign occurred during the 1993 playoffs.Stan Fischler

Examples of bloc in a Sentence

a voting bloc in the senate a whole bloc of students got together to complain
Recent Examples on the Web The plan is a key part of the EU’s European Green Deal that seeks to establish the world’s most ambitious climate and biodiversity targets and make the bloc the global point of reference on all climate issues. Raf Casert, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 The president’s ardent support for Israel has enraged a large bloc of American progressives, many of them Jewish, and Arab Americans, most notably in and around the Michigan city of Dearborn — home to one of the largest Arab American communities in the country. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Young people – another core Democratic voting bloc – also overwhelmingly oppose Biden’s handling of the conflict. USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024 Biden's support of Israel during the ongoing deadly attacks in Gaza have become a huge political liability for Biden among this voting bloc. Ashley Lopez, NPR, 27 Feb. 2024 The Peronist bloc controls 102 seats and has strong connections to several influential governors. Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Neither side is a monolithic group, a unified bloc. Ed Beltran, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Farmers form the most influential voting bloc in India and are often romanticized as the heart and soul of the nation. Krutika Pathi, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 The rules were adopted to comply with EU regulations that require airlines from countries within the bloc be majority owned by EU nationals. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French, literally, block

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloc was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Bloc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloc. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

bloc

noun
: a combination of persons, groups, or nations united by treaty, agreement, or common interest
a bloc of voters
Etymology

French, literally, "block"

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