An example of a coalition is a task force working on children’s health.
- a combination; union
- an alliance of factions, nations, etc., for some specific purpose, as of political parties in times of national emergency
Origin of coalitionMedieval Latin coalitio ; from Late Latin coalitus, fellowship, origin, originally past participle of coalescere: see coalesce
- An alliance, especially a temporary one, of people, factions, parties, or nations.
- A combination into one body; a union.
- a. A long-term cooperative alliance among a small number of male lions or cheetahs, especially to gain access to females or territory.b. A transitory association of animals of the same species in which members join forces against another animal or animals to defend against an attack or gain access to a resource.
Origin of coalitionFrench, from Medieval Latin coaliti&omacron;, coaliti&omacron;n-, from Latin coalitus, past participle of coal&emacron;scere, to grow together; see coalesce.
- A temporary group or union of organizations, usually formed for a particular advantage.
- The Liberal Democrats and Conservative parties formed a coalition government in 2010.