- a combination or alliance, especially a temporary one between persons, factions, states, etc.
- a union into one body or mass; fusion.
Origin of coalition
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Examples from the Web for coalition
But taking such action puts them at odds with the most powerful and best-organized segment of their coalition.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
U.S.-led coalition airstrikes recently have been increased on Raqqa.
On one night earlier this month, the coalition launched 30 strikes on the town.
Faced with the loss of middle class voters, the administration seems determined to double down on its current coalition.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
At the time, the Special Forces were pushing into Afghan villages previously unoccupied by coalition forces.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
December 8, 2014
Then the Coalition came along and his place knew him no more.
Let us suppose a coalition party to be formed called the Labor Party.Socialism As It Is
William English Walling
The triumph of the Coalition and the entry of the allies into Paris.The Gods are Athirst
The reader will naturally ask—Can this be called a Coalition?William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
Then among artists was a coalition of brains, a welding together of souls.En Route</p>
J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
- an alliance or union between groups, factions, or parties, esp for some temporary and specific reason
- (as modifier)a coalition government
- a fusion or merging into one body or mass
Word Origin and History for coalition
1610s, "the growing together of parts," from French coalition (1540s), from Late Latin coalitus "fellowship," originally past participle of Latin coalescere (see coalesce). First used in a political sense 1715.
An alliance of political groups formed to oppose a common foe or pursue a common goal.