Definition of coalition in English:

coalition

noun

  • A temporary alliance for combined action, especially of political parties forming a government:

    ‘a coalition between Liberals and Conservatives’
    [mass noun] ‘they had a taste of government in coalition with the Social Democrats’
    • ‘Organised by a coalition of radical organisations to oppose globalisation, the event attracted quite a wide range of people.’
    • ‘The party could become part of a ruling coalition for the first time in its history.’
    • ‘The opposition activists are begging him to lead the center-left coalition of parties.’
    • ‘There are many political parties, and prime ministers must forge coalitions.’
    • ‘His party failed to win an overall majority and a coalition government was formed.’
    • ‘The three agrarian parties are prohibited from entering into any coalitions with leftist political powers.’
    • ‘However, his Liberal Democrat coalition partners are opposed to any new nuclear power stations.’
    • ‘They will face a tough task forming a governing coalition in a parliament that includes six other parties.’
    • ‘Following the increasing public dissatisfaction, a new coalition of civil organizations was established.’
    • ‘His government is an uneasy coalition of ten parties, going under the title " Alliance for Change".’
    • ‘The last three weeks have witnessed the rise of one of the biggest and broadest political coalitions Britain has ever seen.’
    • ‘However, he is in coalition with a far-right nationalist party that bitterly opposes both steps.’
    • ‘There has never been a majority in the parliament, and so the governments are coalitions.’
    • ‘But a coalition of animal welfare groups has successfully rescued more than 30 so far.’
    • ‘Even before the coalition was built, the party leaders had agreed on an electoral truce.’
    • ‘They are forming new political coalitions in an attempt to force an end to the occupation.’
    • ‘Both the ruling party and the main opposition coalitions have already claimed victory.’
    • ‘As a realist, I am skeptical about whether he can build the necessary political coalitions.’
    • ‘A centre-right coalition was formed after elections in 1996 but collapsed in 1999.’
    • ‘To that end, they created military coalitions with the aim of going to war.’
    alliance, union, partnership, affiliation, bloc, caucus
    federation, league, association, confederacy, confederation, consortium, syndicate, combine, entente, alignment
    amalgamation, merger
    conjunction, combination, fusion
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘fusion’): from medieval Latin coalitio(n-), from the verb coalescere (see coalesce). Usage in politics dates from the late 18th century.

Pronunciation:

coalition

/ˌkəʊəˈlɪʃ(ə)n/