Federal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfedərəl|  American pronunciation of the word federal
Brit.  |ˈfɛd(ə)r(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word federal


- a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
- any federal law-enforcement officer (syn: fed)


- national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units
- being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War (syn: union)


We pay federal, state, and local taxes.

The ruling was overturned by a federal appeals court.

furniture made in the Federal style

Switzerland is a federal republic.

The cost will be split between state and federal governments.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

She works for the federal government.

Most of the project is being paid for by federal monies.

A federal union of the several states

Federal investigators combed through the crash site.

A federal court has barred the group from using the name.

the federal agency in charge of printing money

...the federal agency charged with enforcing laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms...

The forest is protected by federal law.

Her study is being funded by a federal grant.

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