1 [mass noun] Unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group: factory workers voiced solidarity with the striking students
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- Many people reflect upon the 1960s as a decade of solidarity among the common people.
- They have set up a strike committee and are sending out speakers to win solidarity among other workers.
- It also makes it far easier for workers on strike to actively seek support and solidarity.
2 (Solidarity) An independent trade union movement in Poland which developed into a mass campaign for political change and inspired popular opposition to Communist regimes across eastern Europe. Formed in 1980 under the leadership of Lech Wałęsa, it was banned in 1981 following the imposition of martial law. Legalized again in 1989, it won a majority in the elections of that year.
[translating Polish Solidarność]
mid 19th century: from French solidarité, from solidaire 'solidary'.