Definition of bloc
1a : a temporary combination of parties in a legislative assemblyb : a group of legislators who act together for some common purpose irrespective of party lines
2a : a combination of persons, groups, or nations forming a unit with a common interest or purpose a bloc of votersb : a group of nations united by treaty or agreement for mutual support or joint action
Examples of bloc in a Sentence
a voting bloc in the senate
a whole bloc of students got together to complain
Recent Examples of bloc from the Web
The largest bloc of the 12-member House Freedom Caucus is composed of Tarrant County Republicans Bill Zedler of Arlington, Jonathan Stickland of Bedford, Matt Krause of Fort Worth and Tony Tinderholt of Arlington.
The Democratic Party, once a national party of some note, is now a regional political bloc holding sway in certain coastal regions of the country.
Merkel, who’s campaigning for a fourth term in September elections, stuck to her message at her party bloc’s weekly parliamentary caucus meeting.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged European Union nations to stick together in the face of emerging policy divisions with the U.S., Britain's decision to leave the bloc and other challenges.
The European Union has gone on to become one of Washington's key economic partners, and the world's largest trading bloc.
A poll of German voters shows Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc’s lead widening as the main challenger Social Democrats continue to lose support.
Ms. Merkel, who did not mention Mr. Trump by name, also spoke of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, which means the bloc will lose its second-largest economy and one of its two nuclear powers.
European Union countries fighting to host the bloc’s top financial regulator and drugs watchdog will vote in a secret ballot as the continent’s capitals compete over Brexit spoils.
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Origin and Etymology of bloc
French, literally, block
First Known Use: 1903
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Definition of bloc for English Language Learners
: a group of people or countries that are connected by a treaty or agreement or by common goals
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