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An alliance is an agreement between two or more parties, made in order to advance common goals and to secure common interests. The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, between the Kingdom of England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal, is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force. It was signed in 1373.

An alliance may refer to:


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  • Alliance of Twelve from the Alias TV series
  • Alliance (DC Comics), an organization of alien freedom fighters from the pages of DC Comics
  • The Alliance, a military, cultural, and economic alliance between Humans, Night Elves, Gnomes, Dwarves and Draenei in the MMORPG World of Warcraft made by Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Anglo-Sino Alliance, powerful government and law-enforcement organization that controls a large sector of colonized "core planets" in the Firefly television series
  • The Blackblood Alliance, a wolf-based comic
  • Earth Alliance (Babylon 5), fictional alliance of the countries of Earth in the television series Babylon 5
  • Earth Alliance (Gundam), a military alliance that controls most of the Earth in the Japanese anime TV series Gundam Seed
  • Ferengi Alliance, fictional extraterrestrial race from the Star Trek universe
  • Rebel Alliance, interstellar political resistance force formed in direct military opposition to the Galactic Empire in the fictional Star Wars universe
  • United Alliance of Evil from the Power Rangers TV series
  • The Alliance of Order (Warhammer), an alliance of Humans, Elves and Dwarves to counter the Forces of Destruction

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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From Old French aliance (French: alliance).




countable and uncountable; plural alliances

alliance (countable and uncountable; plural alliances)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England.
  2. (countable) Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity.
    The alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel. --C. J. Smith.
    The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics. --Mansel.
  3. The persons or parties allied. --Udall.
  4. (countable) A treaty between nations for their mutual advantage


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  • alliance at OneLook® Dictionary Search
  • alliance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913




Old French aliance, from alier (modern: allier) "to ally" (compare with Late Latin alligantia).



alliance f. (plural alliances)

  1. alliance, union
  2. (wedding) ring


Simple English

An alliance is an agreement between two or more parties. It is made to benefit both parties.

The word "alliance" is used mainly in war. When two or more countries make an alliance, that means they promise to help each other during war. Countries that have an alliance are called allies. When talking about countries that have an alliance, people say they are allied.

There can be only two countries in an alliance, or there can be more than two countries in an alliance. An example of an alliance with more than two countries is the Central Powers in World War I. This alliance was made up of Germany, Austria-Hungary, The Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria.

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