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 has since expanded to include almost every newspaper in the state, shares editorials among its members and has published opinion pieces from public officials, business leaders, scientists, activists and young people. David Fleshler,, "Florida media coalition receives grant for climate change work," 12 Nov. 2020 Todd Gloria brought a lot of things to his mayoral campaign: a broad coalition of support, significant financial backing and a familiar face. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Todd Gloria came across as consistent — and that paid off in the mayor’s race," 11 Nov. 2020 Earlier this year, a coalition of activists from Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan dubbed themselves the Milk Tea Alliance, after the popular drink. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "News From Elsewhere," 6 Nov. 2020 The peace deal struck between the United States and the Taliban called for an end to Taliban attacks against U.S. and coalition forces and paved the way for intra-Afghan talks. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Continued violence in Afghanistan could halt troop withdrawal in a Biden administration," 5 Nov. 2020 One North Texas Republican who hopes to build a broad, multi-ethnic coalition is state House candidate Will Douglas, who is challenging incumbent Rhetta Bowers. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Latino voters could make a difference in national and North Texas races," 3 Nov. 2020 Can 2020 is a social welfare group consisting of a coalition of organizations, including the ACLU of New Jersey, the Latino Action Network, Drug Police Action and the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association among others. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Airport testing, legislative outbreak, voter intimidation: News from around our 50 states," 30 Oct. 2020 The facility is part of COVAX, a coalition of governments, health organizations, businesses and charities working to accelerate the development of covid-19 vaccines. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "U.S. logs 500,000 new cases in week's time," 29 Oct. 2020 More than $50 million has been poured into both sides of the initiative—with the opposition, a coalition including the aforementioned automakers, narrowly outraising proponents who include Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and AutoZone. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "The state ballot measures the business community should watch in the 2020 election," 28 Oct. 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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17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 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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