coalition

noun co·a·li·tion \ ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of coalition

1 a : 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.

coalitionist

play \-ˈli-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of coalition in a Sentence

  1. The groups united to form a coalition.

  2. A multiparty coalition ruled the country.

  3. The group is working in coalition with other environmental groups.

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Origin and Etymology of coalition

French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

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COALITION Defined for English Language Learners

coalition

noun

Definition of coalition for English Language Learners

  • : 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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