axis powers

Main Entry:  Axis powers
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a group of countries that opposed the Allied powers in World War II, including Germany, Italy, and Japan as well as Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Yugoslavia
Example:  The Axis powers were led by Nazi Germany.
Etymology:  from the common pivot on which such an association revolves
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Axis powers definition


Germany, Italy, and Japan, which were allied before and during World War II. (Compare Allies.)

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