- The definition of confederate is people, groups, or nations that are united.
An example of confederate was the group of people who came together to support the Southern states during the U.S. Civil War; confederate soldiers and the Confederate States of America.
- A confederate is defined as a person, group or country that is joined together for a common goal.
An example of a confederate is the European Union.
- united in a confederacy or league
- [C-] of the Confederacy
Origin of confederateMiddle English confederat from Late Latin confoederatus, past participle of confoederare, to unite by a league from foedus, a league: see faith
- a person, group, nation, or state united with another or others for a common purpose; ally; associate
- an associate in an unlawful act or plot; accomplice
- [C-] any Southern supporter of the Confederacy
intransitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- A member of a confederacy; an ally.
- One who assists in a plot; an accomplice. See Synonyms at partner.
- Confederate A supporter of the Confederate States of America.
- United in a confederacy; allied.
- Confederate Of or having to do with the Confederate States of America.
tr. & intr.v.con·fed·er·at·ed, con·fed·er·at·ing, con·fed·er·ates
Origin of confederateFrom Middle English confederat allied from Late Latin cōnfoederātus past participle of cōnfoederāre to unite Latin com- com- Latin foederāre to unite ( from foedus foeder- league ; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.)
(third-person singular simple present confederates, present participle confederating, simple past and past participle confederated)
- To combine into a confederacy.