Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The relationship resulting from affiliating one thing with another.
  • n. A club, society or umbrella organisation so formed, especially a trade union.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Adoption; association or reception as a member in or of the same family or society.
  • n. The establishment or ascertaining of parentage; the assignment of a child, as a bastard, to its father; filiation.
  • n. Connection in the way of descent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Adoption; association in the same family or society; hence, consanguinity or kinship of feeling or character.
  • n. Association in general; relation; connection; friendship; alliance.
  • n. In law, the act of imputing or of determining the paternity of a child, and the fixing upon the father the obligation to provide for its maintenance.
  • n. The fathering of a thing upon any one; the assignment of anything to its origin; connection by way of derivation or descent: with upon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of becoming formally connected or joined
  • n. a social or business relationship

Etymologies

From French affiliation, from Latin affiliatio, noun of action from verb affiliare, affiliate, from aff-, combining form of ad, to, + filiare, verb formed from filius, son (Wiktionary)

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