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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Fed"er*al
  1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives."The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal right, . . . to part with Sardinia." [Grew.]
  2. Specifically:
    1. Composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland.
    2. Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer.
    3. Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist.

Etymology: L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fédéral. see Faith

noun Fed"er*al
See Federalist.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any federal law-enforcement officer
  2. A member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
  3. National; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units ("the Federal Bureau of Investigation", "federal courts", "the federal highway program", and "federal property")
  4. Characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities ("a federal system like that of the United States" and "federal governments often evolved out of confederations")
  5. Being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War ("Federal forces" and "a Federal infantryman")
  6. Of or relating to the central government of a federation ("a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government")

From French fédéral, from Latin stem foeder- of foedus (“covenant, league, treaty, alliance”)

  1. (US) A law-enforcement official of the FBI; short for federal agent.

federal was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Federal

Federal Moguls is a hip hop, alternative, dance, rap rock, jazz, and hip hop music rapping and singing.


Federal Vanderburgh was a doctor. Federal was born on May 11th, 1788 in Beekman, New York. He passed away on January 23rd, 1868.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Federal

Joseph was born in 1910. He left this life in 2000.


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Popularity of Federal as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Federal

  • When was the first name Federal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Federal is Saturday, June 4th, 1870.
  • How unique is the name Federal? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Federal. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Federal: Your name in reverse order is Laredef. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eadlref. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Federal born May 20, 1956

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Africa approximately on 1550. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - development and expansion of your mental consciousness. Find good teacher, spend a part of your time and energy on his wisdom.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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