- the act of allying or state of being allied.
- a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
- a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations: an alliance between church and state.
- the persons or entities so allied.
- marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the spouses.
- correspondence in basic characteristics; affinity: the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
Origin of alliance
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- a city in NE Ohio.
Examples from the Web for alliance
First, one fights with another, then they make an alliance, then they go back to fighting each other.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
The book details his confrontations with neoconservatives, and his alliance with Condoleezza Rice.The Best Memoirs of 2014
December 9, 2014
That alliance between the spy agency and the military, forged in Iraq, would forever change the way America fights wars.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
An amended bill eventually passed that created a new board without all the power Mitchell and the Alliance had sought.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’
October 15, 2014
The alliance between America and rebel forces has been strained by the U.S. refusal to directly attack the Assad regime.Al Qaeda Makes a Play for the U.S. Allies the War Against ISIS Depends On
September 29, 2014
And my orders were much like yours--to get the alliance of this M'tela.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
We must take them into our alliance, or they will destroy all our theories of self-government.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
I know such people will do anything for the honour of such an alliance.'Little Dorrit
The alliance with the Masai was of too much importance to us for us to wish it dissolved.Freeland
The Scots are proud of their nobility, alliance to the crown, and logical subtleties.The Praise of Folly
- the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
- a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
- the countries involved in such an agreement
- a union between families through marriage
- affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
- botany a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass
- the Alliancethe Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party acting or regarded as a political entity from 1981 to 1988
- (as modifier)an Alliance candidate
Word Origin and History for alliance
c.1300, "bond of marriage" (between ruling houses or noble families), from Old French aliance (12c., Modern French alliance) "alliance, bond; marriage, union," from aliier (Modern French allier) "combine, unite" (see ally (v.)). As a bond or treaty between rulers, late 14c.