union

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

Essential Meaning of union

1 : an organization of workers formed to protect the rights and interests of its members She joined the teachers' union. union members/leaders/officials
2 : an act of joining two or more things together An embryo is created through the union of sperm and egg. a perfect union of Eastern and Western music
3 : a group of states or nations that are ruled by one government or that agree to work together the former Soviet Union the European Union

Full 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lightfoot said the city’s public health director also found additional tests and has made the teachers’ union aware as negotiations continue. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 10 Jan. 2022 The state's teachers union criticized education officials for not better preparing for the ensuing void. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Jan. 2022 But on other issues, the district and union are further apart. Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com, 8 Jan. 2022 Chicago cancels classes after its teacher union votes to return to remote learning during the latest case surge. Marc Bona, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2022 The idea emerged among teachers without union involvement, Blumberg-Long said. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 The state’s teachers union criticized education officials for not better preparing for the ensuing void. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Terry Tang, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Jan. 2022 The couple’s union also led directly to his new solo album, although purely by accident rather than design. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022 Moran, the union leader, said the issue has similarly disrupted the dispersion of Medicaid benefits and care at state mental hospitals. Washington Post, 8 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As the Deseret News recently noted, Park City was the site of the only strike in all of Utah last year when eight non-union cinema employees walked out for two weeks, eventually gaining a $2 per hour raise. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 The Broward Sheriff’s Office has a policy that all non-union members in the office show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination by mid-October. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Sep. 2021 He's drawn criticism for his anti-union sentiments and spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 9 May 2021 Just under half of his pro-union statements cite union jobs as a key component in fighting climate change. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Project labor agreements are pro-union construction deals. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 But Gamble, who retired June 30, said in an interview at the time direct elections would let anti-union groups to put out disinformation. Tom Krisher, ajc, 2 Dec. 2021 Krempa and her pro-union colleagues say their principal demand is a more robust healthcare package. Jane Thier, Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 In October, California’s secretary of state signaled that proponents of a new anti-union initiative could start soliciting signatures to place it on the ballot in 2022. Molly Osberg, The New Republic, 22 Nov. 2021

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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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“Union.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/union. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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