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trades union

Definition:

an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer

Class:

group noun (groupings of people and objects)

Plural:

trades unions

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

brotherhood | labor union [American spelling] | labour union [British/Canadian spelling] | trade union | union | T.U. [acronym]

Etymology:

"action of joining one thing to another", from Old French union (12th century),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Trade union | amalgamation | labour union | labor union

an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals such as protecting the integrity of its trade, achieving higher pay, increasing the number of employees an employer hires, and better working conditions. The trade union,... (38 of 10654 words, 11 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Trade union

Collins Dictionary:

trades union | trade union | trade unionism [derived] | trades unionism [noun, derived]

an association of employees formed to improve their incomes and working conditions by collective bargaining with the employer or employer ... (20 of 351 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/trades-union

Cambridge Dictionary:

trade union [British] | trades union [British] | labor union [United States] | trade unionism [noun, derived] | trade unionist [noun, derived]

an organization that represents the people who work in a particular industry, protects their rights, and discusses their pay and working conditions ... (22 of 70 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/trade-union

Oxford Dictionary:

trade union | trades union [British] | labour union [North American]

an organized association of workers in a trade, group of trades, or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests (22 of 56 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/trade-union

Macmillan British Dictionary:

trades union [countable, British] | trades unions [plural]

a trade union (3 of 33 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/trades-union

Wiktionary:

trade union | trade unions [plural] | trades union [British] | labour union [Canadian, synonym] | labor union [North American, synonym] | union [North American, synonym] | trades unions [outdated, plural]

An organization whose members belong to the same trade and that acts collectively to address common issues. (17 of 19 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/trade union

Britannica Encyclopedia:

trade union [labour organization] | labour union [synonym]

association of labourers in a particular trade, industry, or company, created for the purpose of securing improvements in pay, benefits, working ... (21 of 649 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1357701​/trade-union

Columbia Encyclopedia:

union, labor | labor union | company union | trade union

association of workers for the purpose of improving their economic status and working conditions through collective bargaining with employers. ... (19 of 103 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/bus​/A​0850038​.html

Merriam-Webster:

labor union | trade union [labor unions]

an organization of workers formed for the purpose of advancing its members' interests in respect to wages, benefits, and working conditions (21 of 48 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/labor union

Random House Dictionary:

trade union | labor union [sense-specific]

a labor union of craftspeople or workers in related crafts, as distinguished from general workers or a union including all workers in an industry. | ... (24 of 31 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/trade-union

New World Dictionary:

trade union | trade unionism [noun, related] | trade unionist [noun, related]

"labor union" | a labor union consisting of workers in a particular trade or craft (14 of 24 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/trade-union

American Heritage Dictionary:

trade union | trade unionism [noun, related] | trade unionist [noun, related]

A labor union, especially one limited in membership to people in the same trade. (14 of 22 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/trade-union

Encarta Dictionary:

labor union | labor unions [plural] | trades union [politics, British] | trade union [British] | trade unions [British, plural]

an organization of wage earners that is set up to serve and advance its members' interests in terms of wages, benefits, and working hours and ... (25 of 37 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861692929​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

union

First use: early 15th century

Origin: "action of joining one thing to another", from Old French union (12th century), from Late Latin unionem (nominative unio) ... (22 of 98 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=union

American Heritage Dictionary:

union

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ūniō, ūniōn-, from Latin ūnus, one; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/union

New World Dictionary:

union

Origin: Middle English from Middle French from ecclesiastical Late Latin unio from Latin, oneness, unity from unus, "one"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/union

Oxford Dictionary:

union | the Union | the Federal Union

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French, or from ecclesiastical Latin unio(n-) "unity", from Latin unus "one"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/union

Collins Dictionary:

union | Union

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Church Latin ūniō oneness, from Latin ūnus one

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/union

Wiktionary:

union | unions [plural]

Origin: Old French union, from Late Latin unionem, from Latin ūnus ("one")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/union

Merriam-Webster:

union [entry 1, noun] | Union [sense-specific]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin union-, unio oneness, union, from Latin unus one

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/union

Encarta Dictionary:

union | unions [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin union- "oneness" from unus "one"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861708074​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

trade union | trade unions [plural] | trades union [British]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "trade union"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/trade union

union | unions [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "union"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/union

Macmillan British Dictionary:

trades union [countable, British] | trades unions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "trades union"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/trades-union

trade union [countable, British] | trade unions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "trade union"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/trade-union

union | unions [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "union"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/union

Macmillan American Dictionary:

trades union [countable, British] | trades unions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "trades union"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/trades-union

trade union [countable, British] | trade unions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "trade union"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/trade-union

union | unions [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "union"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/union

Cambridge Dictionary:

trade union [British]

Audio: British English pronunuciation of "trade union"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/trade-union

union [entry 1, singular or U]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "union"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "union"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/union 1

Google Dictionary:

trade union | trades unions [plural] | trade unions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "trade union"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=trade union

union | unions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "union"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=union

YourDictionary Audio:

trade union

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "trade union" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/trade-union

union

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "union" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/union

Collins Dictionary:

union | Union

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "union"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/union

the Free Dictionary:

Union

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "union" by speech synthesizer

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "Union"

Audio 3: British English pronunciation of "Union"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Union

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

union

Audio: North American pronunciation of "union"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=union​001 word=union

freedictionary.org:

Union

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Union" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=union

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