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[blok] /blɒk/
a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose.
a group of legislators, usually of both major political parties, who vote together for some particular interest:
the farm bloc.
a group of nations that share common interests and usually act in concert in international affairs:
the Soviet bloc.
Origin of bloc
From French, dating back to 1900-05; See origin at block
Can be confused
bloc, block.
coalition. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bloc
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  • They relate to potential exports from other countries to the Soviet bloc.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • Only $98 of the total went to Communist China, all the rest to the European bloc.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • This bloc consisted of various parties of the Russian bourgeoisie.

    Our Revolution Leon Trotzky
  • That is what the group or bloc system is, a resolution into component parts.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • But the whole are really a bloc, the continental sense of which is rather different from our "block."

British Dictionary definitions for bloc


a group of people or countries combined by a common interest or aim: the Soviet bloc
Word Origin
C20: from French: block
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bloc

1903, in reference to alliances in Continental politics, from French bloc "group, block," from Old French bloc "piece of wood" (see block (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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