alliance

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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").

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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈlaɪ.əns/
  • Rhymes: -aɪəns
  • (file)

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.
    • 1624, William Udall, The Historie of the Life and Death of Mary Stuart Queene of Scotland
      And as for kindred , there is no Alliance neerer vnto any one, than their Countrey , that is to be vnto vs another God, and our prime and deareſt Parent.
    • 1871, Charles John Smith, Synonyms Discriminated
      the alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel
    • 1860, Henry Longueville Mansel, Prolegomena Logica: An Inquiry Into the Psychological Character of Logical Processes
      the alliance [] between logic and metaphysics
  5. (with the definite article) The persons or parties allied.
  6. (India) Marriage.

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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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allier +‎ -ance

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alliance f (plural alliances)

  1. alliance, union
  2. wedding ring

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alliance

  1. Alternative form of alliaunce