noun fe·al·ty \ˈfē(-ə)l-tē\

: loyalty to a person, group, etc.

plural fe·al·ties

Full Definition of FEALTY

a :  the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord
b :  the obligation of such fidelity
:  intense fidelity

Examples of FEALTY

  1. He swore fealty to the king.
  2. <as much as I wanted to back my friend up, my fealty to the truth was greater, and I could not lie for him>

Origin of FEALTY

Middle English feute, fealtye, from Anglo-French feelté, fealté, from Latin fidelitat-, fidelitas — more at fidelity
First Known Use: 14th century

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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