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union

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noun \ ˈyün-yən \

Definition of union

1 a :an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one: such as
(1) :the formation of a single political unit from two or more separate and independent units
(2) :a uniting in marriage; also :sexual intercourse
(3) :the growing together of severed parts
b :a unified condition :combination, junction
  • a gracious union of excellence and strength
2 :something that is made one :something formed by a combining or coalition of parts or members: such as
a :a confederation of independent individuals (such as nations or persons) for some common purpose
b (1) :a political unit constituting an organic whole formed usually from units which were previously governed separately (such as England and Scotland in 1707) and which have surrendered or delegated their principal powers to the government of the whole or to a newly created government (such as the U.S. in 1789)
(2) capitalized :the federal union of states during the period of the American Civil War
c capitalized :an organization on a college or university campus providing recreational, social, cultural, and sometimes dining facilities; also :the building housing such an organization
d :the set of all elements belonging to one or more of a given collection of two or more sets called also join, sum
3 a :a device emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties borne on a national flag typically in the upper inner corner or constituting the whole design of the flag
b :the upper inner corner of a flag
4 :any of various devices for connecting parts (as of a machine); especially :a coupling for pipes or pipes and fittings

Examples of union in a Sentence

  1. She joined the teachers' union.

  2. An embryo is created through the union of sperm and egg.

  3. a perfect union of Eastern and Western music

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Origin and Etymology of union

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin union-, unio oneness, union, from Latin unus one — more at one


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union

adjective

Definition of union

:of, relating to, dealing with, or constituting a union; especiallycapitalized :of, relating to, or being the side favoring the Union in the American Civil War
  • Union troops

First Known Use of union

1634


UNION Defined for English Language Learners

union

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Definition of union for English Language Learners

  • : an organization of workers formed to protect the rights and interests of its members

  • : an act of joining two or more things together

  • : a group of states or nations that are ruled by one government or that agree to work together


UNION Defined for Kids

union

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noun \ ˈyün-yən \

Definition of union for Students

1 :an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one
  • The river is formed by the union of two tributaries.
2 :something (as a nation) formed by a combining of parts or members
3 capitalized :the United States
4 capitalized :the group of states that supported the United States government in the American Civil War
5 :a device for connecting parts (as pipes)

Union

adjective

Definition of Union for Students

:relating to the group of states that supported the United States government in the American Civil War
  • Union soldiers

Medical Dictionary

union

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noun \ ˈyü-nyən \

medical Definition of union

:an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one: as
a :the growing together of severed parts
  • union of a fractured bone
b :a chemical combination :bond
c :the joining of two germ cells in the process of fertilization

Law Dictionary

union

noun

legal Definition of union

1 :an act or instance of uniting or joining two or more things into one; especially :the formation of a single political unit from two or more separate and individual units
2 :something that is made one :something formed by a combining or coalition of its members: as
a :a confederation of independent individuals (as nations or persons) for some common purpose
b :a political unit constituting an organic whole formed usually from previously independent units (as England and Scotland in 1707) which have surrendered their principal powers to the government of the whole or to a newly created government (as the U.S. in 1789)


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