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[blok] /blɒk/
a group of persons, businesses, etc., united for a particular purpose.
a group of legislators, usually of both major political parties, who vote together for some particular interest:
the farm bloc.
a group of nations that share common interests and usually act in concert in international affairs:
the Soviet bloc.
Origin of bloc
1900-05; < French; see block
Can be confused
bloc, block.
coalition. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Pederson headed a bloc against 'Carmack's Folly,' but he backed the wrong horse, and when the bubble burst he was out in the cold.

    We're Friends, Now Henry Hasse
  • Only $98 of the total went to Communist China, all the rest to the European bloc.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • It was pointed out that these objectives have a dual character: strengthening the bloc and weakening the free-world powers.

    East-West Trade Trends Harold E. Stassen
  • If they failed to produce the usual amount of rubber on the appointed day they would be put in ‘bloc’ (imprisoned).

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The French Socialists were returned with important majorities, and the bloc found itself stronger than ever before.

    The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for bloc


a group of people or countries combined by a common interest or aim: the Soviet bloc
Word Origin
C20: from French: block
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bloc

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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