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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In arguing against the men's coalition and saying that draft registration should remain male-only, the government leaned on a case from 1981 that went to the Supreme Court. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Why a Judge Ruled the Males-Only Military Draft Unconstitutional," 25 Feb. 2019 Ethiopia since 1991 has been led by a ruling coalition and allied parties that hold every seat in Parliament and for years were accused by human rights groups of suppressing critical voices. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Ethiopia's stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest," 19 Sep. 2018 Bloomberg’s latest poll-tracker puts him at 46 percent, about 20 points clear of business-friendly candidates Ricardo Anaya, who heads a left-right coalition, and Jose Antonio Meade from the ruling PRI party. Eric Martin,, "Mexico’s Populist Tide Pushes AMLO Toward a Blowout Victory," 27 June 2018 The president's executive order came amid pressure from normally supportive coalitions. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Trump bows to political pressure with executive order rolling back family separations," 20 June 2018 The movement emerged from last year’s general election in Italy as the country’s largest single party and is now in a governing coalition. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "After Confronting Macron, France’s Yellow Vest Movement Turns on Itself," 23 Feb. 2019 House Speaker Paul Ryan was scrambling Thursday to settle a brewing insurrection among Republican lawmakers over immigration as moderates in coalition with Democrats look to force a debate on a series of immigration bills. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 Sunrise Movement has been working with a coalition of organizations to pressure candidates to sign the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge, which has over 1,000 signees nationwide. Izzi Graj, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Needs to Be an Important Platform for Elected Leaders, and Here’s Why," 14 Sep. 2018 For the past month, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Seehofer, whose party is a partner in Merkel's governing coalition, have been embroiled in a debate about Germany’s migration policy that nearly torpedoed her government. Luisa Beck, Washington Post, "German leader revels in deportations in a week when a refugee sent back to Kabul apparently hanged himself," 11 July 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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