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bloc

[blok] /blɒk/
noun
1.
a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose.
2.
a group of legislators, usually of both major political parties, who vote together for some particular interest:
the farm bloc.
3.
a group of nations that share common interests and usually act in concert in international affairs:
the Soviet bloc.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < French; see block
Can be confused
bloc, block.
Synonyms
coalition.
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British Dictionary definitions for blocs

bloc

/blɒk/
noun
1.
a group of people or countries combined by a common interest or aim: the Soviet bloc
Word Origin
C20: from French: block
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Word Origin and History for blocs

bloc

n.

1903, in reference to alliances in Continental politics, from French bloc "group, block," from Old French bloc "piece of wood" (see block (n.)).

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