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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People gather at Saint Mark Catholic Church for a solidarity with migrants vigil, Thursday, June 21, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. Washington Post, "Tents in Texas hold hundreds of Central American teenagers," 24 June 2018 That these refugees are mostly Christians appears not to matter to Sessions and his ilk; Christianity is no source for solidarity here. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Who Would Jesus Lock Up?," 15 June 2018 Ocean’s 8 tries a gender swap, subbing out the all-male cast with female stars, and trading ensemble bromance for sisterly solidarity. Gary Thompson,, "'Ocean's 8': Sandra Bullock-led reboot with stiletto heels," 6 June 2018 That common identity forms the basis of pan-Africanism, an ideology that advocates for political solidarity among all people of African descent. Taylor Hosking, The Atlantic, "How a Black Panther Music Video Taps Into an Old Trend," 1 Mar. 2018 That’s why now is an important time to be in solidarity with other young people who are already struggling to access abortions, given that half a dozen states have only one clinic. Yamani Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "Abortion Funds Can Help Preserve Reproductive Rights With or Without the Supreme Court," 12 July 2018 In the past week, Iranian women have posted videos on social media of themselves dancing in public, in solidarity with Maedeh Hojabri, a teenager who was arrested for filming herself dancing. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Facing Threats at Home and Abroad, Iran’s President Takes a Harder Line," 11 July 2018 So a good military trains rigorously for soldiers who are in solidarity with their group. Christopher Borrelli,, "Our summer of fear: A conversation with Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum," 9 July 2018 Lonzo proceeded to get his own tattoo in solidarity with his brother. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Lonzo Ball's tattoo continues to grow even after LaVar's tantrum," 8 July 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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