Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of federating, especially a joining together of states into a league or federal union.
  • n. A league or association formed by federating, especially a government or political body established through federal union.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Act of joining together into a single political entity.
  • n. Array of nations or states that are unified under one central authority which is elected by its members.
  • n. Any society or organisation formed from separate groups or bodies.
  • adj. Of an architectural style popular around the time of federation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of uniting in a league; confederation.
  • n. A league; a confederacy; a federal or confederated government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of uniting in confederation by league and covenant.
  • n. A league; a confederacy; a federal alliance.
  • n. A federal government, as that of the United States, Switzerland, or Germany.
  • n. Synonyms See confederation.

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

  • n. a union of political organizations
  • n. an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
  • n. the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs

Etymologies

From French fédération, from Late Latin foederatio, from Latin foederare. (Wiktionary)

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