What do you call a team which has a reasonable solidarity between its members/players? The only word that comes to mind is coherent, which is something derived from the noun "coherence" and subsequently absolutely different with "solidarity".

For example, please imagine a soccer team which its players are quite harmonized and have a good cooperation and teamwork together. All the players know any other teammate's qualities and can easily find each other on the field. They have quite the same target and as the saying goes all play for one and one plays for all.

What adjective is used to describe such a team?


I would say cohesive (united and working together effectively). It looks similar to coherent and is related (especially in writing), so maybe that is why you thought of it.

To keep it simple, "coherent" is something that "makes sense" under a specific context; you should be coherent when arguing, for example, but a it is not an adjective you would use for a team. I would think "solidarity" fits better with the example you provided.


An idiom:

They are on the same sheet of music.

This implies:

1) they work together according to instructions 2) they are working towards the same goal(s) 3) they don't have disagreements about what to do

  • Hello @Patriot and thank you very much for the answer. But "to be on the same sheet of music" to me, has an exact connotation of being "coordinated". If you disagree, I wonder if you could provide me with a single word as an interpretation for this idiom. – A-friend Jul 24 '19 at 13:34
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    @A-friend I agree with your interpritation of this idiom. Although it is still as good suggestion – Gamora Jul 24 '19 at 13:40
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    @A-friend You are exactly right. You said it better than I did. – user98746 Jul 24 '19 at 13:51

One could use chemistry:

the ability of people to have a good relationship

An example (from the source) suitable to your context:

Building a strong team requires paying attention to team chemistry.

A related word is rapport:

a good understanding of someone and an ability to communicate well with them

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    The phrase team chemistry in particular is a very good fit. There are even entire articles devoted to the topic of team chemistry. – J.R. Jul 24 '19 at 22:15

One phrase which comes to mind very close to your description is:

Camaraderie/comradery - mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together. (Google Definitions)

Both words are interchangable:

Comradery and its much more common synonym camaraderie come from the French word camarade, which means "comrade," and whose Middle French ancestor was also the source for our word comrade. In Middle French, camarade was used to mean "roommate," "companion," or "a group sleeping in one room." It traces to the Late Latin word camera, meaning "chamber." Comradery was formed by attaching the -ry suffix (as found in wizardry and citizenry) to comrade. Source: M/W Dictionary

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    The OP seems to be looking for an adjective. It might be worth mentioning comradely. (However, that seems to be more about friendliness than cohesiveness, so it's not nearly as accurate a word as your suggestion.) – J.R. Jul 24 '19 at 22:22

Such a team is in harmony:

2 a : pleasing arrangement of parts : CONGRUENT
// a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line
// when a woman's desires are in harmony with those of her husband

While harmony is a noun, the phrase in harmony is often used adjectivally (it can also be used adverbially):

The team is in harmony.
The team plays in harmony.

However, you can also use the equivalent actual adjective: harmonious:

2 : having the parts agreeably related : CONGRUOUS
// blended into a harmonious whole
// harmonious medley of small vaulted chambers
— Norman Douglas


It is a harmonious team.
The team is harmonious.

And with its adverb:

The team plays harmoniously.

  • What about "collaborated" Jason? – A-friend Jul 24 '19 at 16:44
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    To collaborate simply means to get together and work on something. It doesn't necessitate that the people who work together are actually in sync about it. For instance, two people can get into a heated argument—or even be in constant conflict—yet still be collaborators in terms of producing something. (They collaborated, but it wasn't a friendly or easy relationship.) – Jason Bassford Jul 24 '19 at 17:29
  • @JasonB - Excellent point. As an example, Simon & Garfunkel collaborated. They may have sung in harmony, yet their relationship was anything but harmonious. – J.R. Jul 24 '19 at 22:43
  • Thank you very much again @Jason Bassford and +1 for the answer. One more question; do the words "harmonic" and "harmonious" mean exactly the same thing (at least here an in this specific case)? – A-friend Jul 25 '19 at 8:27
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    @A-friend Harmonic is used more commonly in relation to sound specifically, while harmonious more in relation to the ease of integration between things. They can each be used to refer to the other thing, but it's not done as often. – Jason Bassford Jul 25 '19 at 16:55

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