faith·ful | \ ˈfāth-fəl \

Definition of faithful 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : steadfast in affection or allegiance : loyal a faithful friend

2 : firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : conscientious a faithful employee

3 : given with strong assurance : binding a faithful promise

4 : true to the facts, to a standard, or to an original a faithful copy

5 obsolete : full of faith



Definition of faithful (Entry 2 of 2)

1  plural in construction

a : church members in full communion and good standing used with the

b : the body of believers in Islam used with the

2 plural faithful or faithfuls : one who is faithful especially : a loyal follower, member, or fan party faithfuls

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faithfully \ˈfāth-fə-lē \ adverb
faithfulness noun

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faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted. faithful to her promise loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray. remained loyal to the czar constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows. constant friends staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it. a staunch defender of free speech steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction. steadfast in their support resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose. a resolute ally


faithful, loyal, and true mean firm in devotion to something. faithful is used of someone who has a firm and constant devotion to something to which he or she is united by or as if by a promise or pledge. Always be faithful to your duty. loyal is used of someone who firmly refuses to desert or betray someone or something. Most volunteers are loyal to their country. true is used of a person who is personally devoted to someone or something. She was a true friend who would help in time of need.

Examples of faithful in a Sentence


She has provided the company with many years of faithful service. He insists that he has always been faithful to his wife.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The signing of wonderkid Ruben Neves for a fee of £15.8m got the Wolves faithful dreaming about a Premier League return., "How Jeff Shi and Fosun International Transformed Wolverhampton Wanderers Into a Premier League Side," 12 July 2018 Party leaders set the agenda, and the party faithful adjust their own views accordingly. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018 Sully has a quarter-century of input on these pages and has been our fair and faithful boss since the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Will we ever know what PED Julian Edelman took?," 6 July 2018 Even the faithful acknowledge, however, that there are still forces beyond the power of a single presidential tweet or executive order. NBC News, "Betting the farm: Why the heartland still believes in Trump despite plunging prices," 6 July 2018 This is a decadent, faithful version of the comfort food standard-bearer. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 2018 The following hour-and-half is a faithful concert film, cabaret and lesson all in one production. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Looking For Trouble: 'The Searcher' & 'The King' Revisit Elvis Presley's '68 Special at the Perfect Time," 29 June 2018 Regina Hall, Common, Issa Rae, and KJ Apa also have roles in the movie, which seems to be a faithful adaptation of the source material. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The First Trailer For The Hate U Give Is Here, and It's Powerful," 25 June 2018 Its weakness is in its overweening trust of the photograph as a faithful reporter. Charles Desmarais,, "Bruce Gilden’s grotesques at Pier 24 Photography," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To the bicycle faithful of the 1890s, this seemed to be just the beginning of the changes that the machine would bring about. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Don’t expect the soccer faithful to get a lot to get done that day. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Got World Cup fans in your office? Bend the rules like Beckham," 14 June 2018 The party faithful are more bullish on the question of jobs, with 64 percent responding that the situation will be good for employment. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Voters already fear economic pain from Trump's trade war," 9 July 2018 The Ramadan fast, in which food and even water is prohibited, is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and remind them of those less fortunate. Fox News, "Millions of Muslims prepare for start of fasting in Ramadan," 16 May 2018 Okay this upset in New York last night was a liberal party faithful acting out against the Democratic leadership for their ineffectiveness. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 June 2018 Such a record has not gone unnoticed by the Arsenal faithful, who took to twitter to show their support., "Arsenal Twitter Post Leads to Fans Frenzy in Hope That Aaron Ramsey Could Earn New Deal & Captaincy," 14 June 2018 Party faithful say this election may determine which faction of Republicans — conservatives or moderates — will guide the party. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Texas Republicans: Some want to nix red light cameras, property taxes, even officials," 11 June 2018 The Cavaliers were bounced in six games as James decided to take his talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and the Cleveland faithful burned No., "What happened the last time LeBron James wasn't in the NBA Finals," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of faithful


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for faithful


Middle English feithful, from feith faith entry 1 + -ful -ful entry 1


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English Language Learners Definition of faithful

: having or showing true and constant support or loyalty

: deserving trust : keeping your promises or doing what you are supposed to do

: not having sex with someone who is not your wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend


faith·ful | \ ˈfāth-fəl \

Kids Definition of faithful

1 : firm in devotion or support a faithful friend

2 : reliable a faithful worker

3 : true to the facts : accurate The model was a faithful copy of my grandfather's car.

Other words from faithful

faithfully \-fə-lē \ adverb
faithfulness noun

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