co·​a·​li·​tion ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce coalition (audio)
: the act of coalescing : union
the coalition of water vapor into raindrops
: a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination
They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.
: a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action
A multiparty coalition ruled the country.
coalitionist 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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Word History


French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of coalition was in 1604

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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a temporary union of persons, parties, or countries for a common purpose

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