Definitions for Federalˈfɛd ər əl

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Federal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Federal, Federal soldier, Union soldier(noun)

    a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War

  2. Federal, Fed, federal official(adj)

    any federal law-enforcement officer

  3. federal(adj)

    national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units

    "the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; "federal courts"; "the federal highway program"; "federal property"

  4. federal(adj)

    of or relating to the central government of a federation

    "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"

  5. Union, Federal(adj)

    being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War

    "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman"

  6. federal(adj)

    characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities

    "a federal system like that of the United States"; "federal governments often evolved out of confederations"


  1. federal(Noun)

    A law-enforcement official of the FBI; short for federal agent.

  2. federal(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations.

  3. federal(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the national government level, as opposed to state, provincial, county, city, or town.

  4. Origin: From foedus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Federal(adj)

    pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives

  2. Federal(adj)

    composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland

  3. Federal(adj)

    consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer

  4. Federal(adj)

    friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist

  5. Federal(noun)

    see Federalist

  6. Origin: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]


  1. Federal

    Federal is the debut album by American rapper E-40, released November 10, 1993 on Sick Wid It Records. It peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Jive records reissued Federal in 1995 with three tracks missing.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Federal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2632

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Federal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4754

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Federal' in Adjectives Frequency: #354

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Obama:

    This is just one federal judge.

  2. Peter Costa:

    Federal Reserve's a lot of uncertainty.

  3. The FAA:

    Shining a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime.

  4. Jeff Morales:

    Our current plans do not assume any new federal money.

  5. Bob Goodlatte:

    The federal government and San Francisco are wrong here.

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