Definition of coalition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkōəˈliSH(ə)n/


An alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government or of states: a coalition of conservatives and disaffected Democrats the party was only able to govern in coalition with three or even four other parties [as modifier]: a coalition government
More example sentences
  • The three agrarian parties are prohibited from entering into any coalitions with leftist political powers.
  • As a realist, I am skeptical about whether he can build the necessary political coalitions.
  • They are forming new political coalitions in an attempt to force an end to the occupation.
alliance, union, partnership, bloc, caucus;
federation, league, association, confederation, consortium, syndicate, combine;
amalgamation, merger



Pronunciation: /ˌkōəˈliSH(ə)nəst/
Example sentences
  • Here, however, the coalitionists are waiting for an appropriate judgement by the Federal Constitutional Court.
  • The ensuing election in December gave the coalitionists an overwhelming victory.
  • During January and February 1784 the coalition's majority in the House of Commons shrank rapidly, and in the ensuing general election ninety-six coalitionists lost their seats.


Early 17th century (in the sense 'fusion'): from medieval Latin coalitio(n-), from the verb coalescere (see coalesce). Usage in politics dates from the late 18th century.

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Syllabification: co·a·li·tion

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