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 confusedbloc block

Synonyms for bloc Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bloc

Contemporary Examples of bloc

Historical Examples of bloc

  • 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 aimthe Soviet bloc

Word Origin for bloc

C20: from French: block
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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