1. [ adjective ] (government) 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" "federal property"

Related terms: national
2. [ adjective ] of or relating to the central government of a federation

"a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"

Related terms: federal_government
3. [ adjective ] being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War
Synonyms: Union

"Union soldiers" "Federal forces" "a Federal infantryman"

Related terms: northern
4. [ adjective ] (government) 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" "federal governments often evolved out of confederation"

Related terms: unitary government
5. [ noun ] a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
Synonyms: Federal_soldier Union_soldier
Related terms: Yankee
6. [ noun ] (work,government) any federal law-enforcement officer
Synonyms: federal_official Fed
Related terms: agent
Similar spelling:   federally