Etymology
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bloc (n.)

1903, in reference to alliances in Continental politics, from French bloc "group, block," from Old French bloc "piece of wood" (see block (n.1)).

updated on June 11, 2017

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Definitions of bloc from WordNet

bloc (n.)
a group of countries in special alliance;
Synonyms: axis
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