noun \ə-ˈlē-jən(t)s\

: loyalty to a person, country, group, etc.

Full Definition of ALLEGIANCE

a :  the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lord
b (1) :  the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government
(2) :  the obligation of an alien to the government under which the alien resides
:  devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause
al·le·giant \-jənt\ adjective

Examples of ALLEGIANCE

  1. He owes allegiance to them for all the help they have given him.
  2. Both candidates are working hard to convince voters to switch allegiances.


Middle English aligeaunce, from Anglo-French allegeance, alteration of ligeance, from lige liege
First Known Use: 14th century

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