(Latin: believe, belief; trust, faith, true)
2. Relating to, involving, or typical of a classical style of architecture, decoration, and furniture popular in the United States in the late 18th and the early 19th centuries.
3. Etymology: from the 1640's, as a theological term, from French fédéral which came from Latin foedus, foederis, "covenant, league, treaty, alliance"; related to fides, "faith".
The meaning, "pertaining to a treaty" is from the 1650's and led to the political sense of "a state formed by agreement among independent states" from 1707; then from phrases like "federal union" it became "union based on a treaty" then in 1776-1787, it became a common reference to the formation of the United States of America.
2. An organization which consists of smaller organizations that are joined together: "Sharon was a member of a federation of women's clubs."
2. Etymology: from French, past participle of fiancer, "to betroth"; from Old French fiancier, from fiancé, "trust"; from fier, "to trust"; from Latin fidere, "to trust".
Motto of St. Paul's School, London, U.K.