co·​a·​li·​tion ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce coalition (audio)
: the act of coalescing : union
the coalition of water vapor into raindrops
: a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination
They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.
: a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action
A multiparty coalition ruled the country.
coalitionist noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Evelyn’s travel documents to New Mexico list the coalition as the payee. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 The coalition also noted the more than $375 billion worth of goods exported from Texas in 2021, citing International Trade Administration data. Cody Copeland, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 Were the state enjoying the huge budget surpluses that Newsom erroneously proclaimed two years ago, the coalition would be proposing new or expanded programs. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 5 Apr. 2024 Over the course of U.S. history, presidential rematches have signaled momentous political upheavals by revealing instabilities in the electoral system and exposing tensions in the coalitions of the major parties. TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 The controversial remarks were met with backlash from other members of New Zealand’s coalition government, which largely comprises the mainstream National and ACT parties. Dhruv Tikekar, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 The re-emergence of the GOP’s rural-suburban split over Trump is a sign of how enduring the political differences are between these two branches of the Republican coalition. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 For now, Netanyahu's governing coalition appears to remain firmly intact. Melanie Lindman, Wafaa Shurafa,, 1 Apr. 2024 The lengthy process of negotiations between studios and streamers and IATSE began on March 4, when the union and the Hollywood Basic Crafts coalition consisting of other labor groups began bargaining over their health and pension benefits. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History


French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of coalition was in 1604

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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a temporary union of persons, parties, or countries for a common purpose

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