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What does "Alliance" mean?

Definition

(n.) Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity (n.) The persons or parties allied (n.) 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 (v. t.) To connect by alliance; to ally


Synonyms bond, alignment, coalition, confederation, alinement


Example: "The shifting alliances within a large family"


Word Family alliances