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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Yair Lapid, the leader of a centrist party and chief broker of the coalition deal, tweeted when the vote was scheduled. Editors, USA TODAY, 12 June 2021 Palomino-Perez is now trying to put together a fish skin coalition with artists from Alaska, Japan, Greenland and more to collaborate and explore fish skin fashion and technology. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2021 The diversity, equity and inclusion coalition will be starting from the ground floor. John Benson, cleveland, 11 June 2021 What drove the first Arab party into a ruling coalition now was not the desire for a peace agreement. Morad Elsana, The Conversation, 11 June 2021 Chamorro’s center-right coalition was backed by the United States, too, but her presidency ended the civil war. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 11 June 2021 LeDoux was a Republican member of the state House’s majority coalition from 2017 through 2019 and frequently clashed with Gov. Mike Dunleavy. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2021 Black Lives Matter at School, a national coalition that advocates for racial justice in education, is also involved. USA Today, 11 June 2021 Facing the unappealing possibility of a fifth consecutive election, eight parties managed to assemble a majority coalition that is set to take office on Sunday., 10 June 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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