ALLIES

allies

(noun) an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy

Allies

(noun) in World War I the alliance of Great Britain and France and Russia and all the other nations that became allied with them in opposing the Central Powers

Allies

(noun) the alliance of nations that fought the Axis in World War II and which (with subsequent additions) signed the charter of the United Nations in 1945

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology 1

Proper noun

Allies

The countries allied against the Axis Powers during World War II. The major signatories included the Soviet Union, Britain, France, United States, Canada, and China.

The countries allied against the Central Powers during World War I, including especially the United Kingdom, the Russian Empire, and France.

Synonyms

• (both senses): Allied Powers

• (World War I): Entente Allies

Etymology 2

Proper noun

Allies

plural of Allie

Anagrams

• Sallie

Noun

allies

plural of ally

Verb

allies

Third-person singular simple present indicative form of ally

Anagrams

• Sallie

Source: Wiktionary


ALLY

Al*ly", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Allied; p. pr. & vb. n. Allying.] Etym: [OE. alien, OF. alier, F. alier, fr. L. alligare to bind to; ad + ligare to bind. Cf. Alligate, Alloy, Allay, Ligament.]

1. To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or with. O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied. Pope.

2. To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love. These three did love each other dearly well, And with so firm affection were allied. Spenser. The virtue nearest to our vice allied. Pope.

Note: Ally is generally used in the passive form or reflexively.

Al*ly", n.; pl. Allies. Etym: [See Ally, v.]

1. A relative; a kinsman. [Obs.] Shak.

2. One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate. The English soldiers and their French allies. Macaulay.

3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary. Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally. Buckle.

4. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.

Al"ly, n.

Definition: See Alley, a marble or taw.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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