Definition of federales in US English:



  • 1In Argentina in the early and mid 19th cent.: (collectively) the advocates or supporters of a devolved or federal (rather than centralized) system of government. Compare Unitario. Now historical.

  • 2In Mexico: (originally) the national army; (now usually) a federal law enforcement agency; the members of such an agency collectively. Also in extended use, often in Spanish-speaking contexts: (the members of) a U.S. federal agency, especially the FBI.

  • 3In singular form federale. A Mexican federal law enforcement agent. Also in extended use: a U.S. federal agent.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in Trumpet & Universalist Magazine. From American Spanish federales, plural of federal, specific uses as noun of federal.