sol·​i·​dar·​i·​ty | \ ˌsä-lə-ˈder-ə-tē, -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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Others council members said pursuing the litigation was a way to show solidarity. Kaila White, azcentral, "Phoenix votes to sue feds over 2020 Census question on citizenship," 22 May 2018 More than $24,000 was raised at the Looney’s event to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation — the money goes to fund research of children’s cancer, the head-shaving is done to show solidarity with cancer patients. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Shaving heads, a few beards, to benefit children's cancer research," 14 Mar. 2018 Thirty-seven higher-education organizations and 16 higher-education institutions expressed solidarity with Harvard in support of race-conscious college admissions in briefs filed in U.S. district court in late July. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "What You Need to Know about Race and College Admissions," 27 Sep. 2018 As the siege continued, villagers tried to march toward mosque in solidarity with the rebels, leading to clashes between stone-throwing protesters and government forces who deployed tear smoke shells and pellets. Fox News, "Clashes erupt around Kashmir after Indian troops kill man," 27 Sep. 2018 Public transportation is your new best friend in Spain this week, as taxi drivers across the country have joined protests in solidarity with Barcelona's striking cabs. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Six-Day-Long Spanish Taxi Strike Ends," 2 Aug. 2018 Last month, a group of her friends staged a pre-class walkout in solidarity with Parkland students. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "2 school shootings, 2 different gun debates: Unlike Parkland, Santa Fe response is more muted," 21 May 2018 Members of the Native American community arranged a rally on November 7 to show solidarity with the two students. Teen Vogue, "New Mexico Teacher Accused of Calling a Native Student a "Bloody Indian" and Cutting Another's Hair on Halloween," 3 Dec. 2018 They were involved in a coalition, led by young Marxist activists, that was founded this summer to show solidarity with factory workers at Jasic Technology, a welding equipment manufacturer in southern China. Yanan Wang, The Seattle Times, "Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry," 14 Nov. 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 \

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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