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.
Origin and Etymology of allegiance
Middle English aligeaunce, from Anglo-French allegeance, alteration of ligeance, from lige liege
First Known Use: 15th century
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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