Definition of allegiance
1a : the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lordb (1) : the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government I pledge allegiance to my country. (2) : the obligation of an alien to the government under which the alien resides
2 : devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause allegiance to a political party
allegiantplay \-jənt\ adjective
Examples of allegiance in a Sentence
He owes allegiance to them for all the help they have given him.
Both candidates are working hard to convince voters to switch allegiances.
Recent Examples of allegiance from the Web
A perceived allegiance between Leo Varadkar and Justin Trudeau during a photo opp is a good thing and so are their respective penchants for menswear (more of this, please, world leaders!).
Huntsville terrorism suspect Aziz Sayyed pledged allegiance to ISIS and planned to bomb a law enforcement building in Madison County, a prosecutor told a judge this afternoon.
THE FLAG Here’s a lip-smacking way to pledge allegiance to the Stars and Stripes: an all-American display of raspberry and lemon ices.
Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during the attack and was eventually killed by police during a shootout after a three-hour standoff.
Once Dale Jr.'s retired and out of the driver's seat, who should his fans reward with their allegiance?
Maute is the leader of a militant group called the Islamic State Ranao — one of about 10 small armed Muslim groups that have also pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and have forged a loose alliance that now flies IS-style black flags.
Hapilon’s pledge of allegiance, meanwhile, may have already paid off.
For years, Beijing and Taiwan competed for diplomatic allegiances promising low-cost loans and outright aid.
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Origin and Etymology of allegiance
Middle English aligeaunce, from Anglo-French allegeance, alteration of ligeance, from lige liege
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of allegiance
ALLEGIANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of allegiance for English Language Learners
: loyalty to a person, country, group, etc.
ALLEGIANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of allegiance for Students
: loyalty and service to a group, country, or idea I pledge allegiance to my country.
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