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[n] the act of forming an alliance or confederation
[n] a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
[n] an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
[n] 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"
[n] the state of being allied or confederated

Misc. Definitions

\Al*li"ance\, n. [OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F. alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier. See {Ally}, and cf. LL. alligantia.]
1. 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. 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. Syn: Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition.
\Al*li"ance\, v. t. To connect by alliance; to ally. [Obs.]

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