al·​li·​ance ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce alliance (audio)
: the state of being allied : the action of allying
nations in close alliance
: a bond or connection between families, states, parties, or individuals
a closer alliance between government and industry
: an association to further the common interests of the members
specifically : a confederation of nations by treaty
the alliance of Western nations
: union by relationship in qualities : affinity
an alliance of industry and academia
: a treaty of alliance

Example Sentences

We need to form a closer alliance between government and industry. strengthen the alliance of western nations There has been a pattern of shifting alliances in the political world. The article condemns what some say is an unholy alliance between government and media. one nation working in alliance with another There is disagreement within the alliance about how to deal with this problem. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft just forged a strategic alliance with a major solar panel manufacturer to try to make good on its clean energy goals. Justine Calma, The Verge, 26 Jan. 2023 The move is part of a larger strategic alliance with Eldridge augmenting its existing partnership with Penske Media Corporation’s entertainment media brands, which include The Hollywood Reporter and SXSW. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2023 Also feeding into the slate is Fabula Screen, a strategic alliance between Screen One and the Larrain brothers’ powerhouse Chilean production company, Fabula, for the production of movies and series. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 24 Jan. 2023 The meeting of the Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian leaders was aimed at shoring up the Lublin Triangle, a trilateral alliance focused on regional cooperation. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 Bolsonaro and former President Donald Trump shared a political alliance and an overlapping group of supporters. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2023 The last time a powerful alliance fractured was in 1987, when Salvador Laurel, then the vice president, broke with President Corazon Aquino. Camille Elemia, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 One of the most important qualities of a high-impact alliance comes from corporate alignment with your mission, values, vision and long-term priorities. Jennifer Sirangelo, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 In Sweden, the Sweden Democrats—a party with neo-Nazi roots—became a key part of a governing alliance. Sanya Mansoor, Time, 27 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


see ally entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of alliance was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Alliance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


al·​li·​ance ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce alliance (audio)
: the state of being allied
: a union between persons, families, or parties
: a union between nations for assistance and protection
: a treaty of alliance

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Al·​li·​ance ə-ˈlī-ən(t)s How to pronounce Alliance (audio)
city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Canton population 22,322

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