co·​bel·​lig·​er·​ent ˌkō-bə-ˈlij-rənt How to pronounce cobelligerent (audio)
: a country fighting with another power against a common enemy
cobelligerent adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some American officials assert that as a matter of international law, the provision of weaponry and intelligence to the Ukrainian Army has made the United States a cobelligerent, an argument that some legal experts dispute. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cobelligerent was in 1813

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“Cobelligerent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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