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

Other Words from loyal

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 Some loyal customers scoffed at this, but its core tenets remained the same. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2022 The atmosphere earned Side Street Espresso loyal customers and a steady stream of visitors looking for something uniquely local. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 For others, unsuccessful lease negotiations forced closings, but several soon found new locations close enough to keep their loyal customers. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2022 Personalized gifts, such as special birthday messages with discounts and other bonuses, can go a long way toward building loyal customers. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Linda shares that while many restaurants suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deli remained busy as usual, thanks in major part to its loyal customers. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 10 Aug. 2022 Branding allows companies and public figures to build deep relationships with audiences, which matriculates into loyal customers. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 9 Aug. 2022 Rival DoorDash has benefitted from fast expansion into other verticals like convenience and grocery, while Uber can cross-sell its riders, converting them to loyal delivery customers. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2022 As JetBlue prepares to begin its takeover of Spirit Airlines in a $3.8 billion deal, many are left wondering what the future holds for both airlines and their loyal customers. Amanda Maile, ABC News, 29 July 2022 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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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

Other Words from loyal

loyally adverb

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