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[uh-lahy-uh ns] /əˈlaɪ əns/
the act of allying or state of being allied.
a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations:
an alliance between church and state.
the persons or entities so allied.
marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the spouses.
correspondence in basic characteristics; affinity:
the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
Origin of alliance
1250-1300; Middle English aliance < Old French, equivalent to ali(er) to ally + -ance -ance
Related forms
interalliance, noun, adjective
nonalliance, noun
prealliance, noun
proalliance, adjective
realliance, noun
suballiance, noun
1. association; coalition, combination, bloc; partnership; affiliation. Alliance, confederation, league, union all mean the joining of states for mutual benefit or to permit the joint exercise of functions. An alliance may apply to any connection entered into for mutual benefit. League usually suggests closer combination or a more definite object or purpose. Confederation applies to a permanent combination for the exercise in common of certain governmental functions. Union implies an alliance so close and permanent that the separate states or parties become essentially one. 2. pact, compact.


[uh-lahy-uh ns] /əˈlaɪ əns/
a city in NE Ohio. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The alliance is the consolation; the necessity is the justification.

  • And my orders were much like yours--to get the alliance of this M'tela.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • He even went further, and fancied how different had been their fate if they had not rejected his own alliance.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • I know such people will do anything for the honour of such an alliance.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • He found an asylum in the house of his new father, whose temper was kind, and whose pride was flattered by this alliance.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for alliance


the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
the countries involved in such an agreement
a union between families through marriage
affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
(botany) a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass
Word Origin
C13: from Old French aliance, from alier to ally


noun (in Britain)
  1. the Alliance, the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party acting or regarded as a political entity from 1981 to 1988
  2. (as modifier): an Alliance candidate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alliance

c.1300, "bond of marriage" (between ruling houses or noble families), from Old French aliance (12c., Modern French alliance) "alliance, bond; marriage, union," from aliier (Modern French allier) "combine, unite" (see ally (v.)). As a bond or treaty between rulers, late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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alliance in Technology
A complete set of CAD tools for teaching Digital CMOS VLSI Design in Universities. It includes a VHDL compiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automatic place and route tools. ALLIANCE is the result of a ten years effort at University Pierre et Marie Curie (PARIS VI, France).
It runs on Sun-4, not well supported: MIPS/Ultrix, 386/SystemV.
Latest version: 1.1, as of 1993-02-16.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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alliance in the Bible

a treaty between nations, or between individuals, for their mutual advantage. Abraham formed an alliance with some of the Canaanitish princes (Gen. 14:13), also with Abimelech (21:22-32). Joshua and the elders of Israel entered into an alliance with the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:3-27). When the Israelites entered Palestine they were forbidden to enter into alliances with the inhabitants of the country (Lev. 18:3, 4; 20:22, 23). Solomon formed a league with Hiram (1 Kings 5:12). This "brotherly covenant" is referred to 250 years afterwards (Amos 1:9). He also appears to have entered into an alliance with Pharaoh (1 Kings 10:28, 29). In the subsequent history of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel various alliances were formed between them and also with neighbouring nations at different times. From patriarchal times a covenant of alliance was sealed by the blood of some sacrificial victim. The animal sacrificed was cut in two (except birds), and between these two parts the persons contracting the alliance passed (Gen. 15:10). There are frequent allusions to this practice (Jer. 34:18). Such alliances were called "covenants of salt" (Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5), salt being the symbol of perpetuity. A pillar was set up as a memorial of the alliance between Laban and Jacob (Gen. 31:52). The Jews throughout their whole history attached great importance to fidelity to their engagements. Divine wrath fell upon the violators of them (Josh. 9:18; 2 Sam. 21:1, 2; Ezek. 17:16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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