federation

noun fed·er·a·tion \ ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of federation

1 : an encompassing political or societal entity formed by uniting smaller or more localized entities: such as
a : a federal government
b : a union of organizations
2 : the act of creating or becoming a federation; especially : the forming of a federal union

Examples of federation in a Sentence

  1. a federation of labor unions

  2. a federation of women's clubs

  3. the federation of the states

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First Known Use of federation

1652

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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FEDERATION Defined for English Language Learners

federation

Definition of federation for English Language Learners

  • : a country formed by separate states that have given certain powers to a central government while keeping control over local matters

  • : an organization that is made by loosely joining together smaller organizations

  • : the act of joining together separate organizations or states


FEDERATION Defined for Kids

federation

noun fed·er·a·tion \ ˌfe-də-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of federation for Students

: a union of organizations or states
  • a wildlife federation


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