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 coalitionist (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 Each member of the coalition is U.S.-flagged, U.S.-based, and almost exclusively U.S.-crewed, giving them more flexibility in sailing right now under federal guidelines. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "Small Ships Prepare to Resume Cruising This Summer," 19 June 2020 In Texas, a coalition of advocacy groups is calling on the public school districts in four major cities in the state to scrap their school police programs. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Do officers belong in schools? Districts cut ties, debate best path to safety.," 18 June 2020 However, last week, a coalition of groups demanded oversight into the investigation of the shooting of William Abbe. oregonlive, "Clark County prosecutor to send fatal police shooting review to office outside county," 16 June 2020 In the final weeks before November's mayoral election, members of the coalition pushed Hogsett and his opponent, Republican State Sen. Jim Merritt, to address specific inequities that disproportionately affect the city's Black community. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "'Just no justice': Black leaders discuss what led to Indy protests — and what happens next," 16 June 2020 Tubbs said a multiracial coalition of legislators has been working on the issue for several years. Joe Garofoli,, "Floyd’s death helping Californians see how structural racism is everywhere," 13 June 2020 The bill failed to pass out of the Legislature after a coalition of civil rights groups organized opposition to it. NBC News, "Microsoft won't sell facial recognition to police without federal regulation," 12 June 2020 Only a few days before the restart of the 2020 legislative session, a coalition of more than three dozen groups sent Gov. Brian Kemp and lawmakers a letter asking them to support a tobacco tax hike and other measures to mitigate spending cuts. James Salzer, ajc, "Groups ask Kemp, lawmakers to back tobacco tax hike to limit budget cuts," 11 June 2020 The coalition of foundations and nonprofits in March gave away $113,000 in grant money to reach hard-to-count populations, split among 37 Northeast Ohio organizations to help reach hard-to-count populations. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Cleveland nonprofits give $40,000 to help help count hard-to-reach populations in 2020 U.S. Census," 10 June 2020

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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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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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