co·​a·​li·​tion | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce coalition (audio) \

Definition of coalition

1a : the act of coalescing : union the coalition of water vapor into raindrops
b : a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.
2 : a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action A multiparty coalition ruled the country.

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coalitionist \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce coalition (audio) \ noun

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Examples of coalition in a Sentence

The groups united to form a coalition. A multiparty coalition ruled the country. The group is working in coalition with other environmental groups.
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Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of activist organizations – including the American Civil Liberties Union, Color of Change and Socialist Alternative – joined forces and now make up the coalition to back the measure. Joe Schoffstall, Fox News, 22 Oct. 2021 There is no state or county where a renter working full-time at minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment, the coalition's website said. Arkansas Online, 21 Oct. 2021 Meretz party is the most dovish member of the eight-party coalition and supports a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Josef Federman, ajc, 21 Oct. 2021 Bridget Psarianos, a lead attorney for SILA and the coalition of environmental groups, said she was not caught off guard that Interior Department officials and ConocoPhillips, which intervened in the suit, did not appeal. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 Along with 20 other co-defendants, the 67-year-old Rusesabagina was accused of being behind attacks committed by the National Liberation Front (FLN), the militant wing of an opposition coalition. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2021 Suicide touches nearly every Utahn’s life, the coalition reported. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Oct. 2021 Work stoppages could wind up costing jobs and hurting small businesses, the coalition said. Jesse Newman, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 Confidential, safe, free and voluntary domestic violence services are available statewide, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, the coalition said. Christine Dempsey,, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of coalition

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coalition

French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

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The first known use of coalition was in 1604

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25 Oct 2021

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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coalition

: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose
: the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose

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