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

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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

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During this year’s women’s World Cup, soccer star Megan Rapinoe pointed out that FIFA, soccer’s governing hub, scheduled the South and North American confederation men’s finals on the same day as a U.S. women’s World Cup final match. Sarah Emily Baum, Teen Vogue, "Young People Want the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to Make as Much Money as the Men," 11 July 2019 Concacaf’s Hexagonal will remain for at least one more World Cup qualifying cycle, the confederation revealed Wednesday, but the 12-team semifinal round is no more. Brian Straus,, "Concacaf Tweaks Format, Keeps Hex for World Cup Qualifying Ahead of 2022 Cycle," 10 July 2019 Even before the Great Declaration, Benjamin Franklin had startled the members of Congress with his suggestion for articles of confederation. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 The war has also caused fissures within the UAE, a confederation of seven emirates. The Economist, "The UAE begins pulling out of Yemen," 4 July 2019 The Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum commemorates the Battle of Tippecanoe between U.S. forces led by William Henry Harrison, and representatives of Tecumseh’s Native American confederation. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 Four years ago, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Concacaf, the confederation that includes North and Central America, seemed ascendant. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "Coming Soon to the World Cup: More Drubbings," 25 June 2018 Asked for comment, neither Rio police nor Brazil's soccer confederation replied. Mauricio Savarese,, "Rape allegation against Neymar is a 'personal matter,' Brazil coach Tite says," 3 June 2019 This qualification round, Australia beat Honduras in the inter-confederation playoff match. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup schedule, how to watch and other things to know," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of confederation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of confederation

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

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