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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-lahy-uh ns]
    • /əˈlaɪ əns/
    • /əˈlaɪ.əns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-lahy-uh ns]
    • /əˈlaɪ əns/

Definitions of alliance word

  • countable noun alliance An alliance is a group of countries or political parties that are formally united and working together because they have similar aims. 3
  • countable noun alliance An alliance is a relationship in which two countries, political parties, or organizations work together for some purpose. 3
  • noun alliance the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation 3
  • noun alliance a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim 3
  • noun alliance the countries involved in such an agreement 3
  • noun alliance a union between families through marriage 3

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Origin of alliance

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English aliance < Old French, equivalent to ali(er) to ally + -ance -ance

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Parts of speech for Alliance


alliance popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for alliance

noun alliance

  • concord — Concord is a state of peaceful agreement.
  • concurrence — Someone's concurrence is their agreement to something.
  • partnership — the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
  • collusion — Collusion is secret or illegal co-operation, especially between countries or organizations.
  • affiliation — If one group has an affiliation with another group, it has a close or official connection with it.

Antonyms for alliance

noun alliance

  • discord — lack of concord or harmony between persons or things: marital discord.
  • disunity — lack of unity or accord.
  • divorce — a divorced man.
  • separation — an act or instance of separating or the state of being separated.
  • antagonism — Antagonism between people is hatred or dislike between them. Antagonisms are instances of this.

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