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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Airstrikes have also punctuated the infighting between erstwhile coalition allies in southern Yemen. Samy Magdy,, "Saudi-led airstrikes kill at least 100 in rebel-run prison," 1 Sep. 2019 The event, which attracted an audience of 50, was an excellent follow-up to the coalition’s forum on Burke airport earlier in August. Steven Litt,, "Bridge debate to nowhere: Lakefront pedestrian connection stuck while Mayor Jackson stays mum — Steven Litt," 1 Sep. 2019 Salvini, who was deputy prime minister and whose party has been surging in the polls, had demanded snap elections and said that the 5-Star-League coalition government was not working amid increasing tensions between coalition parties. Fox News, "Italy’s 5-Star makes deal with left-wingers to avoid elections; nationalist Salvini ousted," 29 Aug. 2019 Solidarity, the building of bonds and diverse coalitions, will be essential to the struggle for a more ecologically sustainable and economically just world. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "One for All," 26 Aug. 2019 Biden’s poll numbers to date, however, suggest a candidate aiming for a wider ideological coalition in the primary can do just fine, and quite possibly win. Jennifer Rubin, The Denver Post, "Rubin: Harris’ health care retreat shows it never pays to follow the herd," 20 Aug. 2019 Günther has a reputation as a fairly liberal conservative, heading a federal government coalition with the Liberals and the Greens. Quartz Africa, "Even after acknowledging the Namibia genocide of WWI, Germany still hasn’t learned the key lesson," 10 Aug. 2019 That coalition also needs guns, and the money provided by the gun lobby. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Why the US probably won’t pass stronger gun control laws," 10 Aug. 2019 But the assembly was dissolved after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s state government fell when Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out from a coalition with her Jammu & Kashmir People’s Democratic Party in June 2018. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "India will have a difficult time resurrecting democracy in Kashmir," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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