Definition of confederation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    confederation

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    noun
    BrE BrE//kənˌfedəˈreɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˌfedəˈreɪʃn//
     
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  1. 1an organization consisting of countries, businesses, etc. that have joined together in order to help each other the Confederation of British Industry See related entries: International relations
  2. 2Confederation (in Canada) the joining together of provinces and territories forming Canada, which began 1 July, 1867
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French confederacion or late Latin confederatio(n-), from Latin confoederare, from con- ‘together’ + foederare ‘join in league with’ (from foedus ‘league, treaty’).Extra examples The Franks were originally a loose confederation of Germanic tribes. a confederation between two states a confederation of employers a loose confederation of states.
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