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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Denim brand Levi Strauss pledged $1 million to gun violence prevention groups and helped to form a coalition of business executives working on gun control. Clare Duffy, CNN, "In the wake of latest massacres, Walmart is pressured to stop selling guns," 4 Aug. 2019 However the government, a coalition of two right-wing parties, won’t hear of it. The Economist, "Australia’s government wants to amend the constitution. But how?," 1 Aug. 2019 It is not run by the government, but is rather a coalition of community colleges, universities, school districts, private companies, and nonprofits. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "How free college works in a red state like Texas," 31 July 2019 The court's conservatives set aside a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruling for the Sierra Club and a coalition of border communities that said a reallocation of the Defense Department money would violate federal law., "Supreme Court says President Trump can proceed with plan to spend military funds for border wall construction," 26 July 2019 But does the Democratic base — a diverse coalition of affluent liberals and more working-class voters — see it the same way? Kabir Khanna, CBS News, "Analysis: How financially concerned and comfortable Democrats differ on economy and 2020 candidates," 25 July 2019 YIAGA Africa, a coalition of election observers, also described the polls as a missed opportunity for Nigeria’s electoral commission to improve the quality of elections. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The Trump administration’s latest visa clampdown on Nigeria is targeting high-powered politicians," 25 July 2019 The apparent result of that CENTCOM visit was a tasking to military planners: Organize a coalition of willing U.S. allies to patrol the Middle East high seas, while Pompeo shuttled across the region in search of partners. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "It’s Plainly Obvious That Donald Trump Has No Iran Policy," 10 July 2019 Founded in 2013, SHIFT aims to bolster the coalition of stakeholders working to protect public lands. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 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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