union

noun
\ ˈyün-yən How to pronounce union (audio) \
plural unions

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) the Union, in U.S. history : the group of states that remained part of the United States after 11 southern states seceded in 1860 and 1861 and formed the Confederacy (see confederacy sense 2b) : the federal union of states during the period of the American Civil War
c Union : 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

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 Union : of, relating to, or being the side favoring the Union in the American Civil War Union troops

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The union then could try to challenge that ruling in federal court. Rob Maaddi And Tom Withers, Chron, 1 Aug. 2022 The Teamsters union is demanding the company install fans in every truck and provide water for all drivers, among other safety precautions. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 In unionized jobs, wage increases are typically negotiated by the union and determined by the government. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 The union then could try to challenge that ruling in federal court. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 The union then could try to challenge that ruling in federal court. CBS News, 1 Aug. 2022 Jeffrey Wilkins, the president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, says in the 49 institutions the union represents drones are seen, or detected by radar systems, daily. Wired, 31 July 2022 About 52% of teachers voted for the pay plan, according to the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, the local union that negotiated the plan with the school district and urged its approval. Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel, 29 July 2022 The Department of Administrative Services reached an agreement with AFSCME Oregon, the union that represents most of the state psychiatric hospital’s nursing staff, on Friday afternoon. oregonlive, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Wesley told him that anti-union workers were spreading false rumors that Smalls had bought her a Mercedes. Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 12 June 2022 Scabs refers to non-union employees who were brought in to work as replacements for the workers on strike. Ricardo Torres, Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2022 Trustees also approved a 3.5% pool of up to $160,638 for merit raises for 87 non-union employees that would take effect June 26, Brown said. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 24 May 2022 The people who live there are trusted, supervisory level, long-term, non-union employees. The New Republic, 18 May 2022 In the longer term, Amazon may be betting that some pro-union employees will move on to other jobs, Christman said. NBC News, 25 Apr. 2022 The deal does not include non-union employees and state legislators. Kaitlin Mccallum, courant.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Already, organizers have filed several complaints with the NLRB against the company, citing unfair labor practices, including surveillance of pro-union employees. Haleluya Hadero, ajc, 31 Mar. 2022 Already, organizers have filed several complaints with the NLRB against the company, citing unfair labor practices, including surveillance of pro-union employees. Haleluya Hadero, chicagotribune.com, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for union

union

noun
\ ˈyün-yən How to pronounce union (audio) \

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 How to pronounce union (audio) \

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

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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