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Dictionary Definition



1 the state of being allied or confederated [syn: confederation]
2 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" [syn: bond]
3 an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty [syn: coalition, alignment, alinement] [ant: nonalignment]
4 a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
5 the act of forming an alliance or confederation [syn: confederation]

User Contributed Dictionary



From aliance (French: alliance).


IPA: WEAE /ʌˈlaɪ.əns/


  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.
  4. A treaty between nations for their mutual advantage


state of being allied
  • Croatian: alijansa, savez
  • Finnish: liitto, liittouma, allianssi
  • German: allianz
  • Polish: sojusz
  • Russian: союз
  • Spanish: alianza
  • Swedish: allians
union resembling that of families or states
  • Croatian: alijansa, savez
  • Finnish: side, yhteys
  • German: Allianz
  • Polish: sojusz
  • Russian: союз
persons or parties allied
  • Finnish: liittoutuneet
treaty between nations
  • Croatian: alijansa
  • German: Allianz

Related terms



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


  • /aljɑ̃s/


fr-noun f
  1. alliance, union
  2. (wedding) ring

Extensive Definition

An alliance is an agreement between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests. The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force. It was signed in 1373.
An alliance may refer to:




United States



  • Alliance of Twelve from the Alias TV series
  • The Alliance, a military, cultural, and economic alliance between Humans, Night Elves, Gnomes, Dwarves and Draenei in the MMORPG World of Warcraft.
  • Anglo-Sino Alliance, powerful government and law-enforcement organization that controls a large sector of colonized "core planets" in the Firefly television series
  • Earth Alliance (Babylon 5), fictional alliance of the countries of Earth in the television series Babylon 5
  • Earth Alliance (Gundam), a military alliance that controls most of the Earth in the Japanese anime TV series Gundam Seed
  • Ferengi Alliance, fictional extraterrestrial race from the Star Trek universe
  • Rebel Alliance, interstellar political resistance force formed in direct military opposition to the Galactic Empire in the fictional Star Wars universe
  • United Alliance of Evil from the Power Rangers TV series

Other fields

alliance in Arabic: حلف
alliance in Czech: Spojenci
alliance in Danish: Allierede
alliance in German: Alliance
alliance in Spanish: Alianza
alliance in French: Alliance
alliance in Galician: Aliados
alliance in Latvian: Sabiedrotie
alliance in Dutch: Geallieerden
alliance in Japanese: 同盟
alliance in Norwegian: De allierte
alliance in Norwegian Nynorsk: Allierte
alliance in Polish: Alliance
alliance in Portuguese: Aliança
alliance in Russian: Альянс
alliance in Thai: พันธมิตร
alliance in Vietnamese: Đồng minh
alliance in Chinese: 同盟国

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Anschluss, Bund, NATO, Rochdale cooperative, SEATO, a world-without-end bargain, accompaniment, accord, accordance, addition, adjunct, affairs, affiliation, affinity, agglomeration, aggregation, agnation, agreement, alignment, alikeness, amalgamation, analogy, ancestry, anschluss, aping, approach, approximation, assemblage, assimilation, association, axis, band, bed, blend, blending, bloc, blood, blood relationship, body, bond, bond of matrimony, bridebed, brotherhood, brothership, cabal, cahoots, capitulation, cartel, centralization, closeness, club, co-working, coaction, coadunation, coalescence, coalition, cognation, cohabitation, coincidence, collaboration, colleagueship, collectivity, college, collegialism, collegiality, collusion, combination, combine, combined effort, combo, common ancestry, common descent, common market, community, comparability, comparison, composition, comradeship, concert, concerted action, concomitance, concord, concordance, concordat, concourse, concurrence, confederacy, confederation, confluence, conformity, confraternity, congeries, conglomeration, conjugal bond, conjugal knot, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, consanguinity, consilience, consolidation, conspiracy, consumer cooperative, contiguity, contrariety, convention, cooperation, cooperative, cooperative society, copartnership, copartnery, copying, corps, correspondence, council, cousinhood, cousinship, coverture, credit union, customs union, dealings, deduction, disjunction, economic community, ecumenism, embodiment, enation, encompassment, enosis, entente, entente cordiale, fatherhood, federalization, federation, fellowship, filiation, fraternalism, fraternity, fraternization, free trade area, freemasonry, fusion, gang, group, grouping, holy matrimony, holy wedlock, homology, hookup, husbandhood, identity, ill-assorted marriage, imitation, inclusion, incorporation, integration, intercourse, intermarriage, international agreement, interracial marriage, intimacy, junction, junta, kindred, kinship, league, liaison, likeness, likening, link, linkage, linking, machine, marriage, marriage bed, marriage sacrament, match, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrimonial union, matrimony, matrisib, matrocliny, meld, melding, merger, mesalliance, metaphor, mimicking, misalliance, miscegenation, mixed marriage, mob, motherhood, mutual attraction, mutual-defense treaty, nearness, nonaggression pact, nuptial bond, order, package, package deal, pact, paction, parallelism, parasitism, parity, partnership, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, political machine, propinquity, proximity, rapport, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship, resemblance, ring, sacrament of matrimony, sameness, saprophytism, semblance, sibship, similarity, simile, similitude, simulation, simultaneity, sisterhood, sistership, society, sodality, solidification, sorority, spousehood, symbiosis, sympathy, synchronism, syncretism, syndication, syneresis, synergy, synthesis, tie, tie-in, tie-up, ties of blood, treaty, unification, union, united action, unity, wedded bliss, wedded state, weddedness, wedding, wedding knot, wedlock, wifehood
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