: having or being in close association : connected
two families allied by marriage
: joined in alliance by compact or treaty
specifically, capitalized : of or relating to the nations united against Germany and its allies in World War I or those united against the Axis powers in World War II
: related especially by common properties or qualities
heraldry and allied subjects
: related genetically

Example Sentences

people with foreign language fluency and an allied skill such as the ability to relate to people from different cultures
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1518, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of allied was circa 1518

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Cite this Entry

“Allied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



: being related or connected in some way
chemistry and allied subjects
: joined in alliance
allied nations
capitalized : of or relating to the nations united against Germany and its allies in World War I or World War II

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