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Webster 1913 Edition


Alliance

Al-li′ance

,
Noun.
[OE.
aliaunce
, OF.
aliance
, F.
alliance
, fr. OF.
alier
, F.
allier
. See
Ally
, and cf. LL.
alligantia
.]
1.
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;
as, matrimonial
alliances
; an
alliance
between church and state; an
alliance
between France and England.
2.
Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.
The
alliance
of the principles of the world with those of the gospel.
C. J. Smith.
The
alliance
. . . between logic and metaphysics.
Mansel.
3.
The persons or parties allied.
Udall.
Syn. – Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition.

Al-li′ance

,
Verb.
T.
To connect by alliance; to ally.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Alliance

ALLI'ANCE

,
Noun.
[Gr.; L.]
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.

Definition 2022


alliance

alliance

English

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Noun

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.
    • C. J. Smith
      the alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel
    • Mansel
      the alliance [] between logic and metaphysics
  5. (with the definite article) The persons or parties allied.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Udall to this entry?)

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Verb

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

Etymology

allier + -ance

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aljɑ̃s/

Noun

alliance f (plural alliances)

  1. alliance, union
  2. (wedding) ring

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