federation

[ fed-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌfɛd əˈreɪ ʃən /

noun

the act of federating or uniting in a league.
the formation of a political unity, with a central government, by a number of separate states, each of which retains control of its own internal affairs.
a league or confederacy.
a federated body formed by a number of nations, states, societies, unions, etc., each retaining control of its own internal affairs.

Origin of federation

1715–25; < Late Latin foederātiōn- (stem of foederātiō) a leaguing. See federate, -ion

Related forms

in·ter·fed·er·a·tion, nounpro·fed·er·a·tion, adjectivere·fed·er·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for federation (1 of 2)

federation

/ (ˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən) /

noun

the act of federating
the union of several provinces, states, etc, to form a federal union
a political unit formed in such a way
any league, alliance, or confederacy
a union of several parties, groups, etc
any association or union for common action

British Dictionary definitions for federation (2 of 2)

Federation

/ (ˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən) /

noun Australian

the Federation the federation of the Australian colonies in 1901
a style of domestic architecture of that period, characterized by red brick, terracotta roof tiles, sinuous curves, and heavy window frames
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