n. The state of being allied or connected; the relation between parties allied or connected.n. Connection by kindred.n. Union between nations, contracted by compact, treaty, or league. Such alliance may be defensive, that is, an agreement to defend each other when attacked; or offensive, that is, an agreement to make a combined attack on another nation; or it may be both offensive and defensive.n. Any joining of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations: as, an alliance between church and state.n. The compact or treaty which is the instrument of allying or confederating: as, to draw up an alliance.n. The aggregate of persons or parties allied.n. In botany, a grade intermediate between class and order: the equivalent in Lindley's classification of the more recent term cohort.n. In zoology, a natural group of related families; a superfamily or suborder.To unite by confederacy; join in alliance; ally.