noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the state of being allied ; the action of allying b. a bond or connection between families, states, parties, or individuals <
a closer alliance between government and industry
2. an association to further the common interests of the members; specifically a confederation of nations by treaty 3. union by relationship in qualities ; affinity 4. a treaty of alliance

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