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 coalition (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 negotiations over the alliance were relatively harmonious and speedy compared to previous coalition talks. Frank Jordans And Geir Moulson, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 Since her conservative party lost the national election in September, Ms. Merkel remains only as the head of a caretaker government while her likely successor, Olaf Scholz, has been absorbed by difficult coalition talks with two other parties. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Amid the escalating violence, coalition talks had broken down. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 That is quite possible, but the polling is tight and remember: there will probably be months of coalition talks before the new administration materializes. David Meyer, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 The results are likely to be messy, and coalition talks could go through the end of the year — or beyond. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 He is believed to have coordinated and participated in cross-border attacks against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Christine Theodorou, Aleem Agha, Habibullah Khan, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2021 More than 123,000 people were evacuated by American and coalition aircraft since August 14, US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie said Monday. Jonny Hallam And Mick Krever, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 More than 122,000 people were flown out of the country since late July by U.S. military and coalition aircraft, including at least 5,526 U.S. citizens. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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