co·a·li·tion | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən \

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 \-ˈli-sh(ə-)nist \ 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.
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To learn more about the coalition, contact Prevention Service at 913-715-7880. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Teen suicide doesn’t end with the school year. Now JoCo schools offer summertime therapy," 12 July 2018 Anti-fascists denounced the AfD, poised to become Germany's main opposition should Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives join forces with Martin Schulz's Social Democrats in a 'grand coalition'. Houston Chronicle, "Father-son duo bond as they restore battleship," 3 July 2018 More than 628 events have been planned by the Families Belong Together coalition, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Domestic Workers' Alliance, MoveOn and Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "Families Belong Together 101: What to expect at your first protest," 29 June 2018 Rather than stop economic development because of inadequate infrastructure, the coalition wants to accelerate the road work, Greuling said. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "New I-80 Coalition seeks to speed up road improvements," 29 June 2018 The coalition, which includes the local parent-teacher association and the Jefferson County teachers union, has amassed thousands of signatures on an online petition opposing the takeover. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS parents to state school board: 'If you take us over, you lose us'," 6 June 2018 Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the coalition, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other groups. Larry Neumeister,, "ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census," 6 June 2018 Now, after the NFL took advantage of division within the coalition to pass a new rule without player input, the union is expressing its disappointment at not being involved. Robert Klemko,, "NFLPA, Caught in the Middle," 1 June 2018 Riverdale is a veritable rainbow coalition, with a Latinx mob family, a trio of Black pop stars, and an Asian-American heartthrob in Reggie Mantle (real-life model Charles Melton)., "13 Reasons Why," 27 May 2018

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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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