loy·​al | \ ˈlȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce loyal (audio) \

Definition of loyal

1 : unswerving in allegiance: such as
a : faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government were loyal to the king
b : faithful to a private person to whom faithfulness is due a loyal husband
c : faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product a loyal churchgoer loyal to the party of their forebears— Dennis Farney
2 : showing loyalty a loyal friend
3 obsolete : lawful, legitimate

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loyally \ ˈlȯi-​ə-​lē How to pronounce loyal (audio) \ adverb

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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

Examples of loyal in a Sentence

The team has many loyal fans. She has provided the company with many years of loyal service.
Recent Examples on the Web House Republicans have largely remained loyal to Trump despite the violent insurrection of his supporters that sent many of them running for their lives. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 Universities that practice legacy admission argue that families whose children are accepted this way are more loyal. Jon Marcus, Washington Post, 16 July 2021 Most of his teammates bolted after Pitino was fired in March, but Ihnen remained loyal to the program. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Tagged, chipped and clipped, Eola swans are loyal to the lake, but so is a long list of other wild birds, including ibis, anhinga and egret. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 14 July 2021 Trump spoke at the Orlando CPAC event in February and used his speech to attack President Joe Biden, Republicans who have not been loyal to him and to hint at a potential 2024 presidential run. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 12 July 2021 Several sources close to the situation felt that Ingham was loyal to the conservatorship and to Jamie, despite nominally representing Spears. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 Clingan remained loyal to his hometown and is playing out his career at Bristol Central, where his mother, Stacey Porrini, was an all-time great. Dom Amore, courant.com, 3 July 2021 The executive team of the Trump Organization – a limited liability company that has owned and run hundreds of businesses involving real estate, hotels, golf courses and much else – is made up entirely of his children and people who are loyal to him. Bert Spector, The Conversation, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of loyal

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loyal

Middle French, from Old French leial, leel, from Latin legalis legal

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“Loyal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyal. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of loyal

: having or showing complete and constant support for someone or something


loy·​al | \ ˈlȯi-əl How to pronounce loyal (audio) \

Kids Definition of loyal

: having or showing true and constant support for someone or something loyal fans

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