faith·​ful | \ ˈfāth-fəl How to pronounce faithful (audio) \

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 How to pronounce faithfully (audio) \ 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

On the evening of May 30, Brad Parscale, the campaign manager of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., gave a speech to a gathering of the faithful. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 Lincoln is one of Eastford's faithful, serving in the Eastford Independent Fire Co. for 30 years and always helping with children's activities and major events and fundraisers., "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 9 Sep. 2019 The Galatasaray faithful, which reports claim reached 25,000, were also treated to a rousing chant from Falcao, who led a bouncing sing-a-long, much to the audience's delight., "Radamel Falcao Greeted By 25,000 Fans Ahead of Galatasaray Move," 1 Sep. 2019 As the faithful like to say, 'God works in wondrous ways. Bruce Tomaso, Dallas News, "Grit and grace: SMU's Hal Recinos left street life to become poet and professor," 19 Aug. 2019 During the prayers of the faithful, a time for community prayer, parishioners prayed for what happened to the vestments, yelling from the pews., "Reverence and resistance in one of Portland’s oldest Catholic churches," 11 Aug. 2019 Lincoln is one of Eastford's faithful, serving in the Eastford Independent Fire Co. for 30 years and always helping with children's activities and major events and fundraisers., "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 30 Aug. 2019 In 1992, President George H.W. Bush rallied the faithful at the Waukesha County Expo Center, urging them to re-elect him. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Labor Day in Milwaukee: Parades, presidents and the highway patrol," 29 Aug. 2019 For the faithful, the rallies are fun spectacles, like rock concerts or ball games. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "No One Really Wants to ‘Send Her Back’," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But neither Warren nor the presidential contest is likely to be the most buzz-worthy topic on the minds and lips of the party faithful., "he is considering waging against Senator Edward J. Markey.," 13 Sep. 2019 The Folsom faithful of more than 5,000 fans jammed into its home stadium to see if once and for all the Bulldogs could snap De La Salle-Concord’s 301-game unbeaten streak against Northern California opponents. Mitch Stephens,, "De La Salle extends NorCal streak with impressive win over Folsom," 13 Sep. 2019 Johnson told the party faithful who assembled in Westminster to hear the vote results announced. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Brexit booster Boris Johnson wins race to be U.K. prime minister; battles over EU departure lie ahead," 23 July 2019 In a brief speech Tuesday meant to rally the party faithful, Johnson radiated optimism, and pledged to deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat the Labour opposition. Danica Kirka,, "Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson will be Britain’s next prime minister," 22 July 2019 Any day now, God would kill all non-believers, and the faithful would live in paradise on Earth. Amber Scorah,, "Losing my religion," 8 Aug. 2019 That was more than 3½ months ago, and considerable hand-wringing followed among the Fighting Irish faithful. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Project Phil: Rebuilding Jurkovec's shaken confidence is among Notre Dame's August goals," 2 Aug. 2019 The Tory faithful were undeterred by Mr Johnson’s reputation for chaos and chicanery. The Economist, "Boris Johnson’s approval ratings are surprisingly high," 23 July 2019 Vulnerable Republicans, meanwhile, are walking a fine line between needing to show support for the president to satisfy the party faithful in their districts and opposing the president in certain cases to win independent voters. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Lawmakers’ Summer Break Is Colored by Trump Effect," 27 July 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 How to pronounce faithful (audio) \

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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