An example of a confederate is the European Union.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of confederate
- From 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 bheidh- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition