- 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 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