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
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)