confederacy

noun con·fed·er·a·cy \ kən-ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-sē \

Definition of confederacy

plural confederacies
1 : a league or compact for mutual support or common action : alliance
2 : a combination of persons for unlawful purposes : conspiracy
3 : the body formed by persons, states, or nations united by a league; specificallycapitalized : the 11 southern states seceding from the U.S. in 1860 and 1861

Examples of confederacy in a Sentence

  1. a confederacy of native tribes

  2. the last state to join the Confederacy

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First Known Use of confederacy

14th century



CONFEDERACY Defined for English Language Learners

confederacy

noun

Definition of confederacy for English Language Learners

  • : a group of people, countries, organizations, etc., that are joined together in some activity or effort

  • the Confederacy : the group of 11 southern states that separated themselves from the U.S. during the American Civil War


CONFEDERACY Defined for Kids

confederacy

noun con·fed·er·a·cy \ kən-ˈfe-də-rə-sē \

Definition of confederacy for Students

plural confederacies
1 : a league of persons, parties, or states
2 capitalized : the eleven southern states that seceded from the United States in 1860 and 1861 to form their own government


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