see also: Coalition, COALition
  • (America) enPR: kōəlĭ'shən, IPA: /koʊəˈlɪʃən/


  1. 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.
    • 2013 May 23, Sarah Lyall, "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party ↗," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
      At a time when Mr. Cameron is being squeezed from both sides — from the right by members of his own party and by the anti-immigrant, anti-Europe U.K. Independence Party, and from the left by his Liberal Democrat coalition partners — the move seemed uncharacteristically clunky.
  2. (rare) The collective noun for a group of cheetahs.
    • 2013 August 7, Joshi Herrmann, "How cricket netted the hipsters ↗", London Evening Standard
      Sometimes the ante is upped, the gaggle of bowlers all working on their batsman in turn, like a coalition of cheetahs singling out a vulnerable gazelle, sending their distinctive balls down until the pressure forces a mistake or the batsman gets his own back by smashing a bad ball over everyone’s heads.
    • 2014 September 6, Darren Boyle, "Running wild! Mother cheetah has SIX cubs keeping her busy by jumping, hiding and climbing all over her ↗", The Daily Mail
      Majed Sultan Ali was on his second visit to the game reserve in a bid to photograph a coalition of cheetahs.
    • 2015 June 11, "[ This is the moment an ostrich attempts to outrun cheetahs in Sir David Attenborough's latest show]", Bristol Post
      This is the incredible moment a juvenile ostrich attempts to outrun a coalition of cheetahs that forms a central part of the latest BBC programme to be presented by Sir David Attenborough.
Proper noun
  1. (Australia, politics) Ellipsis of Coalition of the Liberal Party#English|Liberal Party and National Party#English|National Party Liberal-National coalition
  2. (US, politics) Ellipsis of coalition of the willing#English|Coalition of the Willing; The coalition of nations operating under United States command against Iraq, in the U.S.-Iraq War (Gulf War II; "Iraq War") and its aftermath.
Proper noun
  1. (Australia, politics) The Coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party, emphasising its pro-coal policies.

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