union

noun
\ˈyün-yən \

Definition of union 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

e : labor union

3a : 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

union

adjective

Definition of union (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of union in a Sentence

Noun

She joined the teachers' union. An embryo is created through the union of sperm and egg. a perfect union of Eastern and Western music
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Following the procession, Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union, said firefighters are a brother and sisterhood whose members put their lives on the line for their communities. Max Bayer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mourners, including 700 uniformed officers, turn out to honor firefighter killed in blast," 14 July 2018 Sun Prairie Fire Department Captain Cory Barr was killed in the blast, said Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union. Todd Richmond, BostonGlobe.com, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 Cory Barr was killed in the blast, said Mahlon Mitchell, president of the state firefighters union. Washington Post, "First black female mayor of San Francisco is sworn in," 12 July 2018 And unfortunately for those in the northeast, New York landed at the bottom, due in large part to its cost of living being higher than any other state in the union. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best (and Worst) States to Retire," 12 July 2018 The union also chose not to endorse two candidates with ties to Stoneman Douglas who are challenging School Board incumbents. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teachers union not endorsing any candidate with ties to Stoneman Douglas," 12 July 2018 Under the more or less voluntary union of 1707, Scotland kept its legal system and universities. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 Only last Friday did the cabinet agree to it, and none too soon; Britain is due to leave the union by March 29 next year. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "As clock ticks down, Britain finally reveals its plan for Brexit. What now?," 11 July 2018 Grey also said that the vendor for the new system was selected by the union and that claims Allegiant has interfered with the process are incorrect. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Allegiant pilots threaten strike, potential impact on Indianapolis flights uncertain," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of union

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for union

Noun

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

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union

noun

English Language Learners Definition of union

: 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

noun
\ˈyün-yən \

Kids Definition of union

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

Kids Definition of Union

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

union

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

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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)

c : labor union

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