- The definition of a union is a group of two or more people who have come together or people have joined for the purposes of collective bargaining in a labor situation.
- An example of a union is marriage.
- An example of a union is a group of auto workers who have come together to negotiate the terms of their work as a group.
Marriage is a union.
- a uniting or being united; combination; esp.,
- a combining, joining, or grouping together of nations, states, political groups, etc. for some specific purpose
- a marrying or being married; marriage
- something united or unified; a whole made up of parts; esp.,
- an organization or confederation uniting various individuals, political units, etc.
- labor union
- in England, a former combination of parishes for the joint administration of relief for the poor; also, a workhouse kept up by such a union
- a design symbolizing political union, used in a flag or ensign, as the white stars on a blue field in the flag of the U.S.
- a building used for social recreation on a college or university campusin full student union
- a device for joining together parts, as of a machine; esp., a coupling for linking the ends of pipes
- a fabric made of two or more different kinds of material, as cotton and linen
- Math. the set containing all the elements of two or more given sets, and no other elements
Origin of unionMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin unio ; from Classical Latin oneness, unity ; from unus, one
- the United States of America, specif. when regarded as a federal union
- the North in the Civil War
- a. The act of uniting or the state of being united.b. A combination so formed, especially an alliance or confederation of people, parties, or political entities for mutual interest or benefit.
- Mathematics A set, every member of which is an element of one or another of two or more given sets.
- Agreement or harmony resulting from the uniting of individuals; concord.
- a. The state of matrimony; marriage: “The element that was to make possible such a union was trust in each other's love” (Kate Chopin).b. Sexual intercourse.
- a. A combination of parishes for joint administration of relief for the poor in Great Britain.b. A workhouse maintained by such a union.
- A labor union.
- A coupling device for connecting parts, such as pipes or rods.
- A device on a flag or ensign, occupying the upper inner corner or the entire field, that signifies the union of two or more sovereignties.
- often Uniona. An organization at a college or university that provides facilities for recreation; a student union.b. A building housing such facilities.
- Union The United States of America regarded as a national unit, especially during the Civil War.
- Union Of, relating to, or loyal to the United States of America during the Civil War: a Union soldier.
- Of or relating to a labor union or labor union organizing: the union movement; union negotiations.
Origin of unionMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ūniō, ūniōn-, from Latin ūnus, one; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.
A township of northeast New Jersey west of New York City; settled c. 1749 by colonists from Connecticut.
- (countable) The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one.
- (uncountable) The state of being united or joined.
- (countable) That which is united, or made one; something formed by a combination or coalition of parts or members; a confederation; a consolidated body; a league.
- (countable) A trade union; a workers' union.
- (countable) A joint or other connection uniting parts of machinery, such as pipes.
- (countable, set theory) The set containing all of the elements of two or more sets.
- (countable) The act or state of marriage.
- (uncountable, archaic, euphemistic) Sexual intercourse.
- (countable, computing) A data structure that can store any of various items, but only one at a time.
- (countable, now rare, archaic) A large, high-quality pearl.
From Old French union, from Late Latin unionem, from Latin Å«nus (“one")