Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An alliance, especially a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or nations.
  • n. A combination into one body; a union.
  • n. A group of usually two to six male lions that drive off and replace the male lions in a pride in order to mate with the females and protect the resulting offspring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A temporary group or union of organizations, usually formed for a particular advantage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of coalescing; union into a body or mass, as of separate bodies or parts.
  • n. A combination, for temporary purposes, of persons, parties, or states, having different interests.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Union in a body or mass; a coming together, as of separate bodies or parts, and their union through natural causes in one mass or whole: as, a coalition of atoms or particles.
  • n. Voluntary union of individual persons, parties, or states; particularly, a temporary combining of parties or factions for the attainment of a special end; alliance.
  • n. Synonyms Alliance, League, Confederacy, etc. (see alliance), combination, copartnership.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being combined into one body
  • n. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
  • n. the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts

Etymologies

French, from Medieval Latin coalitiō, coalitiōn-, from Latin coalitus, past participle of coalēscere, to grow together; see coalesce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French coalition ("coalition"), from Late Latin alo ("I advance (cause, etc., communion)"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is only one coalition possible—the coalition of the workers, soldiers and poorest peasants; and it is our party’s honour to have realised that coalition….

    Chapter 5. Plunging Ahead

  • "It's normal for the President to reshuffle the Cabinet, particularly for ministers from coalition parties that are not committed * to the coalition*," he said.

    The Jakarta Post Breaking News

  • Ignatieff: «The coalition if necesary, but not necessarily the coalition»

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  • "What unites our coalition is a common goal to pull America back together and put America back to work," Jealous said.

    One Nation rally energizing liberals

  • One side maintains that the country must be purged of its crippling Labour debt with extreme dispatch, the other that the coalition is a bunch of neo-Thatcherite revivalists eager to bless the rich at the expense of the poor.

    Pleading with banks won't do. Osborne needs a plan B

  • In addition to a tax hike on the wealthy, the coalition is also pushing to end the tax exemption for interest paid on out-of-state bonds.

    Tommy Wells, advocates push for tax increase

  • May 19th, 2008 12: 42 pm ET mrs ferraro obama coalition is the coalition of progrossive people not a 19 century dragons.

    Ferraro suggests she may not vote for Obama

  • The unifying theme now being pushed by this coalition is actually an American heresy -- a highly developed political philosophy that is fundamentally at odds with the founding principles of the United States of America.

    April 2005

  • Protesters in both Najaf and the capital of Baghdad have been voicing anger over what they call the coalition's targeting of Moqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shiite clerk.

    CNN Transcript Apr 4, 2004

  • Mr. Bush will meet with the prime ministers of Britain and Spain, his partners in what he calls a coalition of the willing.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2003

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