[ sol-i-dar-i-tee ]
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noun,plural sol·i·dar·i·ties.
  1. union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc.: to promote solidarity among union members.

  2. community of feelings, purposes, etc.

  1. community of responsibilities and interests.

Origin of solidarity

First recorded in 1840–50; from French solidarité, equivalent to solidaire solidary + -ité -ity

Other words for solidarity

Other words from solidarity

  • non·sol·i·dar·i·ty, noun
  • un·sol·i·dar·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby solidarity

Other definitions for Solidarity (2 of 2)

[ sol-i-dar-i-tee ]

  1. a Polish organization of independent trade unions founded in 1980: outlawed by the government of Poland in 1982.

  • Polish So·li·dar·ność [saw-lee-dahr-nawshch]. /sɔ liˈdɑr nɔʃtʃ/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use solidarity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for solidarity (1 of 2)


/ (ˌsɒlɪˈdærɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. unity of interests, sympathies, etc, as among members of the same class

British Dictionary definitions for Solidarity (2 of 2)


/ (ˌsɒlɪˈdærɪtɪ) /

  1. the organization of free trade unions in Poland: recognized in 1980; outlawed in 1982; legalized and led the new noncommunist government in 1989

Origin of Solidarity

C20: from Polish solidarność : solidarity

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Cultural definitions for Solidarity


A labor union in Poland, independent of the government and of the Polish Communist party, that grew to a membership of several million in the early 1980s. Led by Lech Walesa, Solidarity pushed for many reforms and played a major part in the ouster of communism in Poland and its replacement by a multiparty, democratic government. The movement's influence began to decline in the 1990s.

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