con·​fed·​er·​a·​tion | \ kən-ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce confederation (audio) \

Definition of confederation

1 : an act of confederating : a state of being confederated : alliance
2 : league

Examples of confederation in a Sentence

the smaller nations were forced to form a confederation out of self-defense the big-budget movie was produced by the studio in confederation with another in order to lower the risk
Recent Examples on the Web This occurred as the pirate confederation was showing cracks in solidarity: the leader of the Black Flag Fleet, Guo Podai, openly fought Bao in late 1808 and surrendered to Chinese authorities shortly thereafter. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2022 The FIFA Bureau was set to only require the six regional confederation presidents to confirm the decision in writing. Graham Dunbar, ajc, 1 Mar. 2022 During a royal visit in 2017 to mark the sesquicentennial of Canadian confederation, Charles and Camilla drew criticism for bursting into laughter during a performance by Inuit throat singers in Iqaluit. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 The unanimous ruling by the FIFA Bureau, featuring the six regional football confederation presidents, was also that the Russian flag and anthem can’t be associated with the team. Rob Harris,, 27 Feb. 2022 Magee is a member of a small but staunch confederation of hostel owners along the Southern half of the Appalachian Trail who have rebelled against conventional coronavirus wisdom. Outside Online, 7 May 2020 When Zheng Yi died in November 1807 at age 42—he fell overboard during a gale, which seems an ignominious end for a pirate—Madame Ching took over the entire confederation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2022 Madame Ching proved to be a valuable asset, using her diplomatic skills to help her husband consolidate the various pirate fleets into a loose confederation. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2022 By then a respected producer, his arrival on the West Coast had been noted by a rising confederation of admirers. Randall Roberts Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'confederation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of confederation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About confederation

Time Traveler for confederation

Time Traveler

The first known use of confederation was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near confederation

confederate violet



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for confederation

Last Updated

25 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Confederation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!