Definition of the Alliance & Leicester from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Alliance & Leicester

 
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a former British bank with branches in many towns and cities. It was originally a building society, and became a bank in 1997. In 1990 it took over the Girobank and in 2008 was itself taken over by Santander. In 2010 the Alliance & Leicester branches were renamed as Santander.