verb (used with or without object), con·fed·er·at·ed, con·fed·er·at·ing.
Origin of confederate
Examples from the Web for confederate
Yet all too often the line between Southern and Confederate can get blurred.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In July, he gave $12.3 million to refurbish the Virginia home of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate General.
Gary Gallagher writes about the Union and Confederate armies.
Close to three and a half million men fought in the war, and nearly 700,000, both Union and Confederate troops, died.
Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?
The Confederate supplies had been captured by Sheridan, and Lees army was almost at the point of starvation.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
Again, this Confederate soldier was born and reared a gentleman, was so by instinct.The Story of a Confederate boy in the Civil War|David E. Johnston
He was a colonel in the Confederate Army, and after the war, settled in Georgia.Southern Literature From 1579-1895|Louise Manly
Finally the Confederate lines began to waver and give way, and the bugle sounded the retreat.Brother Against Brother|John Roy Musick
He resigned his commission at the outbreak of the Civil War, and entered the Confederate service.
British Dictionary definitions for confederate (1 of 2)
noun (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
adjective (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
Word Origin for confederate
British Dictionary definitions for confederate (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for confederate
late 14c., from Late Latin confoederatus "leagued together," past participle of confoederare "to unite by a league," from com- "with, together" (see com-) + foederare, from foedus (genitive foederis) "a league" (see federal). Also used as a past participle adjective from late 14c., as a simple adjective from 1550s; meaning "of or belonging to the Confederate States of America" is from 1861. Used as a noun from late 15c. (Late Latin confoederatus also was used as a noun in its day).
Culture definitions for confederate
A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.