- a fabric of two kinds of yarn.
- a yarn of two or more fibers.
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What is a union?
A union is a group of workers for a particular organization or industry who come together for collective bargaining with their employers. Labor unions and trade unions often work closely with employers to maintain the rights, wages, benefits, and liberties of the unionized workers, peacefully protesting when necessary.
Broadly, a union is a combination of people or things. Any time two or more things come together physically, emotionally, or politically, they are said to be in a union. It could be as simple as the union of peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich. Two more important unions are a marriage and a civil union, which is a lesser alternative for a marriage. While a civil union doesn’t offer all of the rights and protections in the law that a marriage does, it is recognized by most governments as a permanent relationship with some rights and protections.
A union might also refer to a larger group of people joined together for a common purpose besides labor issues, such as a credit union (an alternative to a traditional bank) and a student union, a place set aside on some college and university campuses for student activities.
Example: The union of the companies went smoothly and everyone is benefitting.
Where does union come from?
The first records of the term union come from the 1400s. It comes from the Late Latin ūniō, meaning “oneness.” When a union takes place, multiple things come together to make one.
A group of states or nations can also form a union. A notable one occurred during the American Civil War, with the Union representing the states that remained a part of the United States after the southern states seceded from the US. Another was the formation of a new nation that combined Great Britain and Scotland in the early 1700s.
If you pay attention to the news in January, you also might hear about the US President’s State of the Union message. This is an annual speech from the president to all of Congress, updating them on how the Union, that is, the United States, is doing.
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What are some other forms related to union?
- interunion (adjective, noun)
- unionism (noun)
- nonunion (adjective)
- prounion (adjective)
- self-union (noun)
What are some synonyms for union?
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How is union used in real life?
Union is normally used in a business context as many companies have workers’ unions or enter into unions with other companies.
Despite some misconceptions, American Civil Liberties Union is not a labor union. We are, however, thankful for those who are. #LaborDay
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 4, 2017
This morning, my wife told me my armpits smell like Mexican food.
Marriage truly is a beautiful union of two souls.
— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) May 5, 2018
My goodness…there has never been a more perfect union between an athlete and a town than Stan Musial and St. Louis.
— Bernie Miklasz (@miklasz) January 20, 2013
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Is union used correctly in the following sentence?
Gail and Judy really wanted to be married, but their state would only let them have a civil union.
How to use union in a sentence
A deal was struck February 10, with the union agreeing to consider implementing curbside pickup.As Cities Mandate Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers, Groceries Sue|Brendan Seibel|February 26, 2021|Eater
Moon said the subcommittee has already approved one of his proposals, which would prohibit local unions from bargaining with their departments over whether officers must use body cameras.Push for police reform creates rift in Maryland’s Democratic caucus|Ovetta Wiggins|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
In fact, he is the one and only love of my life, and the two of us will be entering into a state of total domestic union.Style Invitational Week 1425: Picture this — a cartoon caption contest|Pat Myers|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
Other possible mechanisms, including data cooperatives and data unions, would tackle similar problems in different ways.
Candidates for office in the city, for instance, can only accept contributions from real people – not corporations or trade groups or labor unions.
In February, Slovakia will have a referendum on whether marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman.
Unlike the Soviet Union at a certain period in history, the Russian economy does not hold a candle to that of the United States.
In his State of the Union address 50 years ago, LBJ laid out his vision for the Great Society.
Inquiries will be accepted only via Western Union telegram or rotary phone.
His next book is Government against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences (Oxford) due out in January 2015.
The first commencement of Union College for conferring degrees in the arts and sciences.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
When this became known to the few Union inhabitants of Fulton they implored Guitar not to do it.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
After they had been married some months, my wife visited your wife, and the latter seemed to be greatly impressed with the union.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Nothing, however, can save us but a union, which would turn our barren hills into fruitful valleys.
If ever the fusion of two human beings into one has been accomplished on this sphere it was surely in their union.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for union (1 of 2)
- an association of students at a university or college formed to look after the students' interests, provide facilities for recreation, etc
- the building or buildings housing the facilities of such an organization
- a number of parishes united for the administration of poor relief
- a workhouse supported by such a combination
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British Dictionary definitions for union (2 of 2)
- the union of England and Wales from 1543
- the union of the English and Scottish crowns (1603–1707)
- the union of England and Scotland from 1707
- the political union of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1920)
- the union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1920
- the United States of America
- the northern states of the US during the Civil War
- (as modifier)Union supporters