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Etymology

From Old French aliance (French: alliance).

Pronunciation

Noun

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alliance

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alliance (s)
  1. (uncountable) The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England.
  2. (countable) Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.
    The alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel. --C. J. Smith.
    The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics. --Mansel.
  3. The persons or parties allied. --Udall.
  4. (countable) A treaty between nations for their mutual advantage

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French

Etymology

Old French aliance, from alier (modern: allier) "to ally" (compare with Late Latin alligantia).

Pronunciation

Noun

alliance f. (plural alliances)

  1. alliance, union
  2. (wedding) ring

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