bloc

[ blok ]
/ blɒk /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for bloc

bloc

/ (blɒk) /

noun

a group of people or countries combined by a common interest or aimthe Soviet bloc

Word Origin for bloc

C20: from French: block
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