Meaning of “confederacy” in the English Dictionary

"confederacy" in British English

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confederacynoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /kənˈfed.ər.ə.si/ us /kənˈfed.ɚ.ə.si/

the situation in which states or people join together for a particular purpose, usually related to politics or trade

the Confederacynoun [ S ]

uk /ˌkənˈfed.ər.ə.si/ us /ˌkənˈfed.ər.ə.si/

the union of southern American states that fought against the northern states in the American Civil War and were defeated in 1865

(Definition of “confederacy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Confederacy" in American English

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Confederacynoun [ C/U ]

us /kənˈfed·ər·ə·si/ also confederacy

US history the eleven southern states that left the US and fought against the north in the US Civil War

A confederacy is also a confederation.

(Definition of “Confederacy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)