affiliation

noun

af·​fil·​i·​a·​tion ə-ˌfi-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce affiliation (audio)
plural affiliations
: the state or relation of being closely associated or affiliated with a particular person, group, party, company, etc.
The radio station has maintained a longtime affiliation with the concert hall and often has featured performers as guests on the air.
A former Democrat, Joseph McCarthy had switched his affiliation and was elected in the Republican landslide of 1946 …Ted Widmer
… hundreds of businessmen owe their success to an affiliation with organized crime.William Bastone

Examples of affiliation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The top two vote-getters in March move on to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 My commitment to addressing the needs of everyday Americans regardless of their political affiliation and advocating for all Texans is what drives me to run for this office. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The unprecedented polarization in American politics has made consumer sentiment surveys less an indication of voters’ confidence in the economy and more a litmus test of party affiliation, according to Zandi. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 10 Feb. 2024 The two top candidates in the March primary, regardless of party affiliation, will advance to the November general election. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 While the country star was outspoken about politics and his love for America throughout his career, his political affiliations shifted over the years. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Feb. 2024 Both women were known communists, at a time when those kinds of political affiliations were a dangerous thing in the U.S. For a man trusted with such political and military power, Oppenheimer left both historians and Nolan scratching their heads at the recklessness of some of his personal choices. Jeffrey Kluger, TIME, 29 Jan. 2024 The intricacy of the issue has in some ways left Biden more susceptible to simple, easy-to-digest political attacks that expose his vulnerability on the issue of border security, strategists of different political affiliations said. Toluse Olorunnipa, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 Swatting is increasingly used to harass public and elected officials, regardless of political affiliation. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affiliation was in 1791

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“Affiliation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affiliation. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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