Learner's definition of FEDERAL
1 a : of or relating to a form of government in which power is shared between a central government and individual states, provinces, etc. b : of or relating to the central government
a federal district
We pay federal, state, and local taxes.
The ruling was overturned by a federal appeals court.
orFederal : of, relating to, or loyal to the federal government during the American Civil War
a Federal stronghold
3 Federal US : of or popular during the early years of the U.S. government