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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Hughes understood that an embattled people—and Irish Catholics certainly were that in his lifetime—required unity and solidarity, not division and chaos. Terry Golway, WSJ, "‘Dagger John’ Review: Calling Bigotry By Its Name," 8 July 2018 Where coal-miner and steelworker unions used to provide some sense of solidarity, the ascendancy of mineral rights — privately owned and unequally distributed — have pitted neighbors against one another. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Community Cracked Open by Fracking," 13 June 2018 That theme is presumably supposed to play into the idea of solidarity between women, a playful job where the stakes are all cash, no heartbreak. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Ocean’s 8, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend," 12 June 2018 But despite the friction, there has also been a sense of solidarity between the two groups, with food and blankets for children being shared. Esmeralda Bermudez,, "More members of Central American caravan processed by Border Patrol as they seek asylum," 1 May 2018 Named after the Korean equivalent of rock-paper-scissors, the items are used within the song to represent solidarity, harmony and peace. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Female Korean Solo Artists Are Flourishing in April With New Singles From Luna, Hyolyn, Yoonmirae & More," 24 Apr. 2018 Dressed in red as a show of solidarity, teachers at schools including duPont Manual, Moore and Shawnee high schools walked into school together as a united front. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS teachers hold walk-ins, asking the public to support protests against Bevin budget veto," 12 Apr. 2018 Several of the men running for governor have stood in solidarity with Stewart and Boucher, including Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who offered to give his seat to Boucher at the last Republican debate in West Haven. Neil Vigdor,, "Erin Stewart Snubbed By Organizers Of Republican Debate In New Britain," 30 Mar. 2018 These next [few] years will be a time of solidarity, organizing, and resistance. Annie Tritt, Vox, "States are starting to recognize a third gender. Here’s what that means for nonbinary youth.," 28 Mar. 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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