loy·​al | \ˈlȯi(-ə)l \

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 \ 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.

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And her loyal fans have internalized that message and amplified it. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and the sexist female rapper paradigm behind their feud, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 After all, Equipment’s classic button-down shirts have held sway with stylish Parisiennes for decades, gaining a loyal global following along the way, including Kate Moss. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Equipment Goes Beyond the Basic With Its First Full Ready-to-Wear Collection," 29 Sep. 2018 The show has won Emmys, and picked up a loyal following. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Stephanie Beatriz on Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Second Life and Hollywood Still Not Getting Representation Right," 19 July 2018 Still, Feinstein outpaces him in name recognition and cash and has a loyal following across California. Gregg Re, Fox News, "California Dems snub Sen. Dianne Feinstein for longshot rival, in 'clear-eyed rejection' of party establishment," 15 July 2018 Oyster Club has earned its reputation as a haven for sea-to-table cuisine in its nearly seven years in Mystic, with national press and a loyal following. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Climb The Treehouse At Oyster Club For A Summertime View Of Mystic," 2 July 2018 That doesn’t seem to deter the loyal following, even as the cost to attend a show has continuously increased. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Secret concert series Sofar Sounds is growing too big for the living room," 27 June 2018 In León, a stronghold of government support, thugs loyal to his Sandinista regime tried to put university students onto buses heading for Managua, the capital, to use them to help suppress protests there. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 In recent years, as the result of a successful government military campaign, the rebellion has been reduced to rebel Sudan Liberation Army forces loyal to founder Abdul Wahid Elnur in western Jebel Marra. Fox News, "UN votes to cut UN-AU force in Sudan's Darfur region in half," 13 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of loyal

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


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

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