- united in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Confederate States of America: the Confederate army.
- a person, group, nation, etc., united with others in a confederacy; an ally.
- an accomplice, especially in a mischievous or criminal act.
- (initial capital letter) U.S. History. a supporter of the Confederate States of America.
- to unite in a league, alliance, or conspiracy.
Origin of confederate
Synonyms for confederate
- a nation, state, or individual that is part of a confederacy
- someone who is part of a conspiracy; accomplice
- united in a confederacy; allied
- to form into or become part of a confederacy
Word Origin for confederate
- of, supporting, or relating to the Confederate States of America
- a supporter of the Confederate States of America
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).
A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.