alliance

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English alliaunce, from Old French aliance (French: alliance). Equivalent to ally +‎ -ance. Compare with Doric Greek ἁλία (halía, "assembly").

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈlaɪ.əns/
  • Rhymes: -aɪəns
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Noun[edit]

alliance (countable and uncountable, plural alliances)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being allied.
    matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state, or between two countries
  2. (countable) The act of allying or uniting.
  3. (countable) A union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league.
  4. (countable) Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.
    • (Can we date this quote by C. J. Smith and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel
    • (Can we date this quote by Mansel and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      the alliance [] between logic and metaphysics
  5. (with the definite article) The persons or parties allied.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Nicholas Udall to this entry?)

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alliance (third-person singular simple present alliances, present participle alliancing, simple past and past participle allianced)

  1. (obsolete) To connect or unite by alliance; to ally.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

allier +‎ -ance

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alliance f (plural alliances)

  1. alliance, union
  2. wedding ring

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  • Russian: алья́нс (alʹjáns) (see there for further descendants)

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alliance

  1. Alternative form of alliaunce