Definitions for Federalˈfɛd ər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fed•er•alˈfɛd ər əl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or of the nature of a union of states, provinces, or areas under a central government distinct from the individual governments of the separate units:

    the federal government of the U.S.

    Category: Government

  2. of, pertaining to, or involving such a central government:

    federal laws; federal troops.

    Category: Government

  3. (cap.) of, pertaining to, or supporting the Federalist Party or Federalism. pertaining to or supporting the Union government in the Civil War.

    Category: American History

  4. of or pertaining to a compact or a league, esp. a league between nations or states.

    Category: Government

  5. (n.)an advocate of federation or federalism.

    Category: Government

  6. (cap.) a Federalist. a supporter of the Union, or a Union soldier in the Civil War.

    Category: American History

Origin of federal:

1635–45; earlier foederal < L foedus league


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. federal(adjective)ˈfɛd ər əl

    relating to government at a national level

    federal laws

  2. federalˈfɛd ər əl

    having a government in which there are independent regions controlled to some extent by a national government

    discussions about Europe becoming a federal system


  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


  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

Anagrams of Federal

  1. Elfreda

Translations for Federal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a government or group of states) joined together, usually for national and external affairs only

the federal government of the United States of America.

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