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

If anything, Mary Poppins Returns is remarkably faithful to the spirit of its predecessor. Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, "How Do You Reinvent Mary Poppins for 2018? Emily Blunt Has a Few Ideas," 8 Nov. 2018 Tens of thousands of faithful have been treated to gifts from the pontiff, tiny crucifixes, distributed by nuns, refugees and some of Rome's homeless and poor after the pope’s traditional Sunday appearance to pilgrims and tourists in the square. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 Recognizing that reality, Republican candidates for the United States Senate in Mississippi have been jockeying over who is the most faithful to Mr. Trump — a striking echo of a Senate race last year in Alabama. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Even a Whiff of Disloyalty to Trump Can Imperil a G.O.P. Incumbent," 11 June 2018 But at the time, the Three Lions faithful could not envisage a time without depending on their country’s all-time top goalscorer or that a new dawn was upon them., "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: Starting to Believe," 8 July 2018 Jordan rallied party faithful on Friday, urging them to get out in their communities and share their message of inclusivity. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Democrats see a surge in interest, but can that create a 'blue wave' in red Idaho?," 30 June 2018 Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve's sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid," 10 July 2018 And while the faithful waited patiently for glory to come and their team to finally hit its peak, the Spurs themselves made an important realization. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "At end of a trying season, a feat worth celebrating," 10 Apr. 2018 And, of course, judges who are faithful to the Constitution as it’s written. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump packs influential Atlanta court with conservative judges," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When Doucette made her final save of the afternoon with 2 minutes, 30 seconds to play, the Indian faithful roared. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Erin Garvey's six goals carry Unionville to girls lacrosse state title," 9 June 2018 Whatever the result or state of the national team, the Dutch faithful will always be there, creating a celebratory atmosphere in a bid to bring inspiration to those donning the shirt., "7 of the Most Iconic National Team Fans From Around the World," 31 May 2018 The crowd’s challenge was to match the thunderous roars of the Mexican faithful who have descended on Russian stadiums, declaring their side the home team at venues that are continents and oceans from their homeland. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "In Mexico the joy continues as national team wins again in the World Cup," 24 June 2018 Even though Leeds will not make the play-offs this season, Heckingbottom and the Leeds faithful should not be too disheartened., "FanView: Why Paul Heckingbottom's Leeds Should Be Title Contenders Next Season," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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