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 The coalition, which includes members of the Students for a Democratic Society and Black United Students, submitted the demands in a letter delivered to Diacon’s office Feb. 11. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Kent State president to meet with student activists over ‘list of demands,’ including dispute over May 4 planning," 18 Feb. 2020 In Thuringia, an eastern state, two of Germany’s most respectable parties, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which leads the national ruling coalition, and the much smaller Free Democrats, are now plunged into crisis (see article). The Economist, "Bad heir day Angela Merkel should quit soon," 13 Feb. 2020 There is no guarantee Sinn Fein will be able to assemble a stable coalition, even with the support of smaller parties. Fox News, "After Brexit, Sinn Fein, party formerly linked to IRA, breaks records in Irish general election," 12 Feb. 2020 The young Democrat seemed to be able to pull together an eclectic coalition: young voters, older rural voters, moderates and some progressives. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Iowa Crystallizes Democrats’ Big Questions," 8 Feb. 2020 Now, a coalition of organizations representing patients, health care providers, and the academic and scientific communities to advance safe and effective regenerative cell therapies. David A. Pearce, STAT, "We need better regulation of stem cell therapies, especially rogue clinics," 6 Feb. 2020 What eventually resulted from that first meeting was a surprising coalition — environmental and conservation organizations, multigenerational rancher families and federal agencies — working together. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Concerns grow that Trump's wall will damage rivers, wildlife habitat on Arizona border," 3 Feb. 2020 Several groups joined forces in 2017 to form the United We Stand coalition, which called for a boycott of the NFL and its sponsors until Kaepernick once again works for the NFL. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "NFL wades back into Colin Kaepernick controversy with new Super Bowl ad about police shootings," 24 Jan. 2020 Even as the threat of open war appears to have temporarily subsided, building a broadly popular, working-class coalition that can effectively oppose future escalations remains a critical project. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Toward a Working-Class Anti-War Movement," 13 Jan. 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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21 Feb 2020

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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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