Triple Alliance

/ˌtrɪpəl əˈlaɪəns/ (say .tripuhl uh'luyuhns)

noun
1. the alliance (1882–1915) between Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy.
2. a league (1717) of France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands against Spain.
3. a league (1668) of England, Sweden, and the Netherlands against France.
The Triple Alliance (def. 1) originated in the fact that Germany and Austria-Hungary shared borders and language and had been allied since 1879 (the Dual Alliance). In 1882 Italy joined the alliance because it wanted military support in the event of an attack by France. However, in 1902 Italy made a secret pact with France that it would remain neutral in the event of a German attack on France. When World War I broke out in 1914 Italy remained neutral until 1915, when it entered the war as an ally of Britain, France and Russia. See also Central Powers.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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