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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Through all of these challenges, though, the Big 3 remain strong in solidarity. Sarah Chaves, Glamour, "This Is Us Gets So Many Things Right—But I Think It Takes the Easy Route With Grief," 2 Apr. 2019 Scroll through for some of the most supportive social media posts celebs and other high-profile women have put up to show their solidarity with Williams. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Celebrities Rally Behind Serena Williams After Umpire Issues 'Sexist' Penalty at the U.S. Open," 9 Sep. 2018 Obama also retweeted his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, who expressed her solidarity with all other living former first ladies to condemn the family separation. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Obama responds to family separation policy," 20 June 2018 What does their relationship mean to you, particularly in today’s climate, where solidarity is often lacking? Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justina Machado Is One of the Most Dynamic Actresses on TV," 8 Feb. 2019 The women of the Democratic Party united this evening to send a message of solidarity through fashion, wearing suffragette white on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in anticipation of President Trump’s remarks. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Female Lawmakers Stand Up to the State of the Union in Suffragette White," 6 Feb. 2019 Users responded to the report angrily, noting that the Like button allowed them to support others and offer solidarity. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Twitter is thinking about killing the Like button — but don’t hold your breath," 29 Oct. 2018 Most were clad in white, a color organizers said would demonstrate the solidarity of activists across the country. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Immigration rally splits as group calls out Fischer over 'sanctuary city' policy," 30 June 2018 Tension and despair were real, but a new solidarity emerged. Erika P. Rodriguez, Smithsonian, "The Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico," 27 June 2018

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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