federal government

fed·er·al gov·ern·ment
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fed-er-uh l guhv-ern-muh nt, ‐er-muh nt]
    • /ˈfɛd ər əl ˈgʌv ərn mənt, ‐ər mənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fed-er-uh l guhv-ern-muh nt, ‐er-muh nt]
    • /ˈfɛd ər əl ˈgʌv ərn mənt, ‐ər mənt/

Definitions of federal government words

  • adjective federal government pertaining to or of the nature of a union of states under a central government distinct from the individual governments of the separate states, as in federal government; federal system. 1
  • adjective federal government of, relating to, or noting such a central government: federal offices. 1
  • adjective federal government (initial capital letter) U.S. History. of or relating to the Federalists or to the Federalist party. supporting the principles of the Federalist party. (in the Civil War) pertaining to or supporting the Union government. relating to or adhering to the support of the Constitution. 1
  • adjective federal government (initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the styles of the decorative arts and architecture current in the U.S. from c1780 to c1830. 1
  • adjective federal government of or relating to a compact or a league, especially a league between nations or states. 1
  • noun federal government an advocate of federation or federalism. 1

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Origin of federal government

First appearance:

before 1635
One of the 43% oldest English words
1635-45; earlier foederal < Latin foeder- (stem of foedus) league + -al1

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Parts of speech for Federal government


federal government popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 96% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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