verb (used with or without object), con·fed·er·at·ed, con·fed·er·at·ing.
- confectioners' sugar,
- confederate jasmine,
- confederate memorial day,
- confederate states of america,
- confederate war,
Origin of confederate
noun (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
adjective (kənˈfɛdərɪt, -ˈfɛdrɪt)
Word Origin 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).
A descriptive term for the institutions and people of the Confederacy.