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 includes Black Voters Matter, the Black Women’s Roundtable and the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative. Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY, "Black women's groups step up efforts to energize African American voters in the South," 9 July 2018 The coalition said the deceased would not be identiied publicly for 24 hours in order to give officials time to notify next of kin. Dennis Romero And Reuters /, NBC News, "U.S. service member killed, 2 wounded in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan," 8 July 2018 His test in the coming months will be balancing competing visions while holding the coalition together. Kate Linthicum,, "Five challenges that lie ahead for Mexico's next president," 2 July 2018 The coalition is led in part by Garry and another former City Council candidate: Michelle Dillingham. Cameron Knight,, "Organizers: Petition to put FC Cincinnati money on ballot has failed," 27 June 2018 The Republican coalition has grown increasingly authoritarian in its personality outlook. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Is Trump’s Personality Cult. Could Democrats Do the Same?," 27 June 2018 Devine said the coalition already has about $500,000 of grant funding to spend on pilot programming for youth sports, with hope that more will come in. Tylisa Johnson,, "Too few Philly kids get to play sports. A new initiative hopes to change that," 27 June 2018 The most active members of the coalition trying to fend off an Amazon win are Oracle Corp., Microsoft Corp., and International Business Machines Corp., according to two people familiar with the matter. Naomi Nix,, "Amazon Has Plenty of Foes in Pentagon Cloud Deal," 26 June 2018 Pro-Brexit Tories are still out front in this push against May, but the coalition against her might be a little more diverse this time, with some pro-Remain Conservatives possibly submitting letters against her, reports the Financial Times. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The no-confidence vote against Theresa May, explained," 12 Dec. 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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