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.>
coalitionistplay \-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.
Origin and Etymology of coalition
French, from Latin coalescere —see coalesce
First Known Use: 1604
COALITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coalition for English Language Learners
: 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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