[ fed-er-uh-list ]
/ ˈfɛd ər ə lɪst /


an advocate of federalism.
(initial capital letter) U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Federalist party.


Also fed·er·al·is·tic. of federalism or the Federalists.

Origin of federalist

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; federal + -ist

Related forms

hy·per·fed·er·al·ist, noun

Definition for federalist (2 of 2)

Federalist, The


a series of 85 essays (1787–88) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, written in support of the Constitution.

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British Dictionary definitions for federalist


/ (ˈfɛdərəlɪst) US history /


a supporter or member of the Federalist party

adjective Also: Federal'istic

characteristic of the Federalists
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