co·​a·​li·​tion | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce coalition (audio) \

Definition of coalition

1a : the act of coalescing : union the coalition of water vapor into raindrops
b : a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.
2 : a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action A multiparty coalition ruled the country.

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Other Words from coalition

coalitionist \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce coalitionist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for coalition


bloc, block, body, faction, party, sect, set, side, wing

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Examples of coalition in a Sentence

The groups united to form a coalition. A multiparty coalition ruled the country. The group is working in coalition with other environmental groups.
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The coalition majority has not allowed a floor vote on a traditional dividend this year. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House approves shutdown-averting compromise budget; Senate is next," 10 June 2019 Andrea Nahles stepped down as head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, destabilising the country’s coalition government, led by Angela Merkel and the Christian Democrats. The Economist, "Politics this week," 8 June 2019 Some of the groups in the coalition include the Latino Victory Project, the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women and Latinos for Healthcare Equity. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Some progressives worry Puerto Rico is being left behind on 2020 campaign trail," 7 June 2019 The coalition also is a good example of how the craft-brewing industry touches a variety of tertiary jobs, that's it’s not just brewers. Marc Bona,, "Beer Women Rock sets 5th annual fest," 7 June 2019 The city also has yet to appoint a program director to support the group, according to the coalition., "How has new community approach in police settlement worked? Judge gets status report," 6 June 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu failed to create a coalition government, despite winning an election in April, over concerns of his legal entanglements. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Israel Reveals Populism’s Risks," 4 June 2019 In 1931 a coalition government placed tariffs on all imports, part of an economic recovery program that also included suspending the gold standard. Michael Hiltzik,, "In Britain, will Trump absorb his hero Winston Churchill’s hatred of tariffs?," 3 June 2019 Turkey was an early, key member of the F-35 development coalition but recently committed to purchasing the S-400 long range surface to air missile system from Russia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What’s Going on With Russia’s New Stealth Fighter?," 18 May 2019

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First Known Use of coalition

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coalition

French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

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The first known use of coalition was in 1604

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English Language Learners Definition of coalition

: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose
: the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose

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