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- n. A confederate. One of the tribes bound by treaty, who were neither Roman colonies nor had they been granted Roman citizenship but were expected to provide a contingent of fighting men when trouble arose.
From Latin foederātus ("allied"), from foedus ("league, agreement") (Wiktionary)
For a while they were held at bay by the Roman general Stilicho, who was himself the son of a Vandal foederatus.