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
Meanwhile, Trump rose to power by ginning up the fervor of a supposedly small voting bloc that believed (wrongly) that its needs were being ignored.
Voice of America started broadcasting in Russian to the eastern bloc, peddling the principles of American democracy.
In the 2015 election, Likud earned 43 percent of the vote in Sderot, to just 7 percent for Labor's bloc.
Despite a go-it-alone ethos, residents of the 13 counties in the northern bloc are much more likely to receive government medical assistance than those in the Bay Area.
But in that quieter city, gardens sprung up on vacant lots, corn growing between apartment blocs.
Both sides need an agreement to keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trading bloc and the fifth-largest global economy.
For years, Maddox has performed in Cincinnati and internationally, including in Europe and former Soviet bloc countries.
From today, mobile roaming charges in the European Union have officially been abolished—allowing travellers to make calls and send texts in other countries within the 28-member-state bloc without being saddled with exorbitant bills.
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Origin and Etymology of bloc
French, literally, block
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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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