popular front


noun

a coalition, usually temporary, of leftist and sometimes centrist political parties, formed against a common opponent, as fascism, and promoting social reform.
any similar political coalition formed to achieve short-term goals.

Nearby words

  1. popsy,
  2. populace,
  3. popular,
  4. popular culture,
  5. popular etymology,
  6. popular music,
  7. popular singer,
  8. popular song,
  9. popular sovereignty,
  10. popular vote

Origin of popular front

1935–40; compare Spanish frente popular, French front populaire

Also called people's front.

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British Dictionary definitions for popular front

popular front

noun

(often capital) any of the left-wing groups or parties that were organized from 1935 onwards to oppose the spread of fascism
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