Definition of pre-Confederation in English:

pre-Confederation

adjective

Canadian History
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the period prior to the establishment of the Dominion of Canada in 1867 from the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia; (also occasionally) prior to a particular province or territory subsequently joining this confederation. In later use also more generally: of or relating to the period prior to any confederation.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From pre- + confederation.

Pronunciation

pre-Confederation

/ˌpriːkənˌfɛdəˈreɪʃən/