Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
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Al*li"ance (#), n. [OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F. alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier. See Ally, and cf. LL. alligantia.]
1. 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. 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.
3. The persons or parties allied.
Syn. -- Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition.
Al*li"ance, v. t. To connect by alliance; to ally. [Obs.]