Al*li"ance (#), n. [OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F. alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier. See Ally, and cf. LL. alligantia.]


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.


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.


The persons or parties allied.


Syn. -- Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition.


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Al*li"ance, v. t.

To connect by alliance; to ally.



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