Definition of alliance in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /əˈlʌɪəns/


1A union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations: a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand divisions within the alliance
More example sentences
  • There is a new openness by unions today to building alliances with community-based organizations and churches.
  • They would also benefit from alliances with community groups and other unions in putting pressure on their employer.
  • The council and the chamber should further seek alliances with such organisations as the tourism association for new ideas.
association, union, league, treaty, pact, compact, entente, concordat;
bloc, confederation, federation, confederacy, coalition, consortium, combine, syndicate, affiliation, partnership;
fraternity, brotherhood, sorority, team, ring, society, club, guild, group, organization
1.1A relationship based on similarity of interests, nature, or qualities: an alliance between medicine and morality
More example sentences
  • Monica says she's looking forward to expanding her public and private client base through her alliance with Noctor.
  • Here, his political background is left out, as is the nature of his criminal alliance with Tom.
  • Instead, Lovejoy recommends that practitioners develop alliances and become relationship managers.
relationship, affinity, association, connection, closeness, kinship, propinquity
1.2 [mass noun] The state of being joined or associated: his party is in alliance with the Greens
More example sentences
  • Clive points me to the old Muslim Association of Britain website, dating from the days before it was in alliance with the Socialist Workers Party.
  • Apparently the UK went to war in alliance with the US ‘to make our country safer’.
  • For all the US's military and economic advantages, its power is enhanced when it acts in alliance with other countries.
1.3 Ecology A group of closely related plant associations.
Example sentences
  • As crystalline organization grows, the alliance builds and greater numbers of combinations of essences can be taken.
  • In practice, the levels of the alliance and/or association are the most often used, particularly in vegetation mapping.
  • I have been working on the origin and evolution of the woody sow-thistle alliance in the Macaronesian islands.


Middle English: from Old French aliance, from alier 'to ally' (see ally1).

Words that rhyme with alliance

appliance, compliance, defiance, misalliance, neuroscience, reliance, science

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: al¦li|ance

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.