Webster 1913 Edition
alliance, fr. OF.
Ally, and cf. LL.
The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league;
alliancebetween church and state; an
alliancebetween France and England.
Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.
allianceof the principles of the world with those of the gospel.
C. J. Smith.
alliance. . . between logic and metaphysics.
The persons or parties allied.
Syn. – Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition.
To connect by alliance; to ally.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The relation or union between families, contracted by marriage.
2.The union between nations, contracted by compact, treaty or league.
3.The treaty, league, or compact, which is the instrument of confederacy; sometimes perhaps the act of confederating.
4.Any union or connection of interests between persons, families, states or corporations; as, an alliance between church and state.
5.The persons or parties allied; as, men or states may secure any alliances in their power.