sol·​i·​dar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsä-lə-ˈder-ə-tē How to pronounce solidarity (audio) , -ˈda-rə-\

Definition of solidarity

: unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards

Examples of solidarity in a Sentence

The vote was a show of solidarity.

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In another incident that same fall, Jewish students and their allies marched in solidarity to draw attention to anti-Semitic messages in the residence halls. Kelly Ragan, USA TODAY, "Blackface post by Colorado State students sparks outcry as racial issues mount," 10 Sep. 2019 As their own unions have made clear, ICE and Border Patrol agents are not interested in solidarity. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "Abolish ICE’s Union," 2 Sep. 2019 Though not unionized, employees at Riot organized a strike this spring to voice their complaints and express solidarity with the claimants. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Union pushes at places like YouTube and WeWork could transform white-collar work," 1 Sep. 2019 Those unable to attend are encouraged to run or walk in solidarity., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, took to Twitter to express solidarity with British lawmakers. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Suspending Parliament to boost Brexit, Britain’s Boris Johnson sparks outrage," 28 Aug. 2019 The group, 41 Democrats and 31 Republicans, was there to express solidarity with the Jewish state. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Banning Omar and Tlaib May Help Trump, but It Hurts Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 As the crisis in Sudan continues and tens of thousands take to the streets today (June 30) to demand civilian rule, Rihanna is using her platform to express solidarity with the protesters. Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Rihanna Voices Support For Sudanese Protesters: 'They Have A Right To Speak Out And Demand Peace'," 30 June 2019 On Sunday May 21, 1989, the day after martial law was declared in Beijing, over 600,000 Hongkongers took to the streets to express solidarity with the Beijing protesters. Antony Dapiran, CNN, "City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of solidarity

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solidarity

French solidarité, from solidaire characterized by solidarity, from Latin solidum whole sum, from neuter of solidus solid

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English Language Learners Definition of solidarity

: a feeling of unity between people who have the same interests, goals, etc.


sol·​i·​dar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsä-lə-ˈdar-ə-tē How to pronounce solidarity (audio) \

Legal Definition of solidarity

in the civil law of Louisiana : the quality or state of being solidary : existence of a solidary obligation will not presume solidarity

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