- an alliance, often temporary, of political parties in a legislature
- ⌂ a group of legislators who, without regard to party affiliation, act together to advance some common interest of their constituents: the farm bloc
- a group of nations joined or acting together in mutual support
Origin of blocFrench and amp; Old French ; from Middle Dutch block, log, block
- A group of nations, parties, or persons united for common action: the Communist bloc.
- An often bipartisan coalition of legislators acting together for a common purpose or interest: the farm bloc in the US Senate.
Origin of blocFrench, from Old French, block; see block.
From French bloc (“group, block”), from Middle French bloc (“a considerable piece of something heavy, block”), from Old French bloc (“log, block”), from Middle Dutch blok (“treetrunk”), from Old Saxon *blok (“log”), from Proto-Germanic *blukką (“beam, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhulg'-, from *bhelg'- (“thick plank, beam, pile, prop”). Cognate with Old High German bloh, bloc (German Block, “block”), Old English bolca (“gangway of a ship, plank”), Old Norse bǫlkr (Norwegian bolk, “divider, partition”). More at balk.
- (Canada, politics) Bloc Québécois
Diminutive of Bloc Québécois