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  1. un·ion
    IPA[ˈyo͞onyən]
  2. n. noun

    • 1. the action or fact of joining or being joined, especially in a political context:

      he was opposed to closer political or economic union with Europe a currency union between the two countries
      Synonym : unification, uniting, joining, merging, merger, fusion, fusing, amalgamation, coalition, combination, synthesis, blend, blending, mingling, marriage, wedding, alliance, coupling
    • 2. a state of harmony or agreement:

      they live in perfect union
    • 3. a marriage:

      their union had not been blessed with children
    • 4. an organized association of workers formed to protect and further their rights and interests; a labor union:

      the National Farmers' Union
    • 5. a club, society, or association formed by people with a common interest or purpose:

      members of the Students' Union
    • 6. a number of parishes consolidated for the purposes of administering the Poor Laws.

    • 7. an association of independent churches for purposes of cooperation.

    • 8. a political unit consisting of a number of states or provinces with the same central government, in particular:

    • 9. the US, especially from its founding by the original thirteen states in 1787–90 to the secession of the Confederate states in 1860–61.

    • 10. the northern states of the US that opposed the seceding Confederate states in the Civil War.

    • 11. a building at a college or university used by students for recreation and other nonacademic activities.

    • 12. the set that comprises all the elements (and no others) contained in any of two or more given sets.

    • 13. the operation of forming a union.

    • 14. a pipe coupling.

    • 15. a part of a flag with an emblem symbolizing national union, typically occupying the upper corner next to the staff.

    • 16. a fabric made of two or more different yarns, typically cotton and linen or silk.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: union, plural noun: unions

    • plural

      the flag of the Confederate States of America. It had a horizontal white stripe between two red stripes, and in the upper left corner was a blue field with a circle of seven white stars, one for each of the original seven seceded states.
    • plural

      the flag of the Confederate States of America.
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