Alliance Definition and Meaning: What Does Alliance Mean?

  • Alliance Definition

al·li·ance  (-lns)



a. A close association of nations or other groups, formed to advance common interests or causes: an alliance of labor unions opposing the bill.

b. A formal agreement establishing such an association, especially an international treaty of friendship.

2. A connection based on kinship, marriage, or common interest; a bond or tie: the shifting alliances within a large family.

3. Close similarity in nature or type; affinity: the ancient alliance between mathematics and music.

4. The act of becoming allied or the condition of being allied: the church, acting in alliance with community groups.

alliance [əˈlaɪəns]


1. the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation

2. a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim

3. the countries involved in such an agreement

4. a union between families through marriage

5. affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics

6. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Botany) Botany a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass

al•li•ance (əˈlaɪ əns)

1. the act of allying, or the state of being allied.

2. a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.

3. a merging of efforts or interests: an alliance between church and state.

4. the persons or entities so allied.

5. marriage or the family relationship created by marriage.

6. close relationship or correspondence; affinity: the alliance between logic and metaphysics.

Meaning of Alliance and Synonyms

[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French]

syn: union, alliance, league, confederation, union refer to the joining of states for mutual benefit or for the joint exercise of functions. alliance refers to a combination of states for the promotion of common interests: a trade alliance. league usually suggests a closer, more formal combination or a more definite purpose: The League of Nations was formed to promote world peace. confederation applies to a fairly permanent combination for the exercise in common of certain governmental functions: a confederation of Canadian provinces. union implies an alliance so close and permanent that the separate states become essentially one: the union of England and Scotland to form Great Britain.

What Does Alliance Mean?


1. alliance - the state of being allied or confederated


coalition, fusion - the state of being combined into one body

2. alliance - a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"


connection, connexion, connectedness - a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); "there was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"

silver cord - the emotional bond between a mother and her offspring

3. alliance - an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

alignment, alinement, coalition

combination - an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)

organization, organisation - a group of people who work together

allies - an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy

bloc, axis - a group of countries in special alliance

Allies - in World War I the alliance of Great Britain and France and Russia and all the other nations that became allied with them in opposing the Central Powers

Central Powers - in World War I the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary and other nations allied with them in opposing the Allies

Allies - the alliance of nations that fought the Axis in World War II and which (with subsequent additions) signed the charter of the United Nations in 1945

Axis - in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations; "the Axis opposed the Allies in World War II"

entente, entente cordiale - an informal alliance between countries

popular front - a leftist coalition organized against a common opponent

global organization, international organisation, international organization, world organisation, world organization - an international alliance involving many different countries

ally - a friendly nation

Northern Alliance, United Front - a multiethnic alliance in Afghanistan who practice a moderate form of Islam and are united in their opposition to the Taliban

4. alliance - a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim

pact, treaty, accord - a written agreement between two states or sovereigns

5. alliance - the act of forming an alliance or confederation


group action - action taken by a group of people’



1. union, league, association, agreement, marriage, connection, combination, coalition, treaty, partnership, federation, pact, compact, confederation, affinity, affiliation, confederacy, concordat The two parties were still too much apart to form an alliance.

union break, division, split, breach, separation, split-up, rupture, alienation, severance, disaffection, disunity, dissociation, disunion

2. relationship, association, bond, connection, affinity, rapport, kinship an alliance between philanthropy and medicine

Examples of Alliance

Coming together of two or more firms to create a unique organizational entity (such as a joint venture), in which each firm retains its individual identity and internal control. The purpose of an alliance is to (1) achieve joint strategic goals, (2) reduce risk while increasing rewards and/or, (3) leverage resources. Since an alliance is neither an acquisition nor a merger, it requires new control methods and new management skills.

Definition of Alliance


  • a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations: a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand divisions within the alliance

  • a relationship based on similarity of interests, nature, or qualities: an alliance between medicine and morality

  • [mass noun] the state of being joined or associated: his party is in alliance with the Greens

  • Ecology a group of closely related plant associations.

What is an Alliance?


  • [countable/uncountable] an arrangement between two or more people, groups, or countries by which they agree to work together to achieve something

alliance between:

  • an alliance between the Liberal Democrats and the Nationalists

alliance with:

  • Successive French governments maintained the alliance with Russia.

enter into/form/forge an alliance:

  • Independent companies are encouraged to form strategic alliances to help them compete.

in alliance with someone (=working together with someone):

  • a marketing campaign by Apple in alliance with other names

Use Alliance in a Sentence

  • In Glencoe, Clan Henderson forged a close alliance with the powerful Clan Donald.

  • Alliance between the proletariat and the national bourgeoisie as a betrayal.

  • Together they search for a missing vicar - uncovering an unholy alliance.

  • Alliance Health Illinois insurance are hundreds management systems services.

  • JB Sales Taskforce Manager Oneworld Alliance - everyone remarked on how well the low-key approach worked.

  • Alliance with the peasantry is capable of executing these tasks.

  • It contracts no entangling alliances with any sect of theorists, dreamers or philosophers.

  • To cut ourselves off from the major strategic alliance on our doorstep would be an act of supreme folly.

  • It is the first time a major global airline alliance has operated such a scheme in these markets.

  • Alliance with the national bourgeoisie was now essential for Irish freedom.

  • Variety will issue press releases and photographs announcing the alliance between the charity and your organization to relevant trade and consumer publications.

  • Portland's ministry was an uneasy alliance, disliked by George III.

  • Alliance with the USSR be created and the first workers' state be saved from disaster.

  • By the spring of 1912 Bulgaria, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia had concluded an alliance.

  • NATO and the transatlantic alliance must remain the bedrock of Europe's defense.

  • Alliance with the Scots in 1643.

  • As to the left SRS, they did cement an uneasy alliance with the Bolsheviks.

  • Any therapeutic alliance must sit upon an open plain a freedom that always risks the possibility of rejection.

  • The important issue in the months ahead is to build broad alliances around core labor principles.

  • The new NATO for the central Europeans, the new NATO is far more than a defensive alliance.
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