federalist

noun fed·er·al·ist \ ˈfe-d(ə-)rə-list \

Definition of federalist

1 : an advocate of federalism: such as
a often capitalized : an advocate of a federal union between the American colonies after the Revolution and of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution
b often capitalized : world federalist
2 capitalized : a member of a major political party in the early years of the U.S. favoring a strong centralized national government

federalist

adjective, often capitalized

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First Known Use of federalist

1774

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of federalist for English Language Learners

  • : a supporter of federal government; especially : a supporter of the U.S. Constitution

  • Federalist : a member of a major political party in the early years of the U.S. that wanted a strong central government


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