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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Some pro-democracy legislators, wearing black in solidarity with the protesters, chanted for Lee’s resignation. Mike Ives,, "Hong Kong official defends police’s use of force against protesters," 19 June 2019 The first was on May 27, 1989, when 1.5 million people of Hong Kong marched in solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. Karen Chu, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild Takes Stand Against China Extradition Bill," 16 June 2019 The event was staged in solidarity with those in the Global South and the entire world. Farhana Yamin, Time, "This Is the Only Way to Tackle the Climate Emergency," 14 June 2019 For someone who gave liftoff to third-wave feminism and has spoken out against the patriarchy for years, Madonna hasn’t always toed the feminist party line, or stood in solidarity with women simply because they’re women. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "Madonna at Sixty," 5 June 2019 Many professors, who have their own reasons to be upset, are holding their final classes off campus in solidarity with the graduate students. Chloe Watlington, The New Republic, "The Labor Movement’s Newest Warriors: Grad Students," 6 June 2019 In that spirit, Phenomenal Mother is an invitation for all people to make a powerful statement and to raise awareness in solidarity with the mothers at the border. Glamour, "Untold Numbers of Mothers Separated From Their Children Will Spend Mother’s Day Alone," 10 May 2019 India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Over 200 Dead in Sri Lanka Bombings," 21 Apr. 2019 As thousands of Muslim worshippers lined up in the street to hold prayers, Christians among the protesters held blankets over them to shade them from the sun in a show of solidarity. Maggie Michael, The Seattle Times, "Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition," 13 Apr. 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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to take the place or position of

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