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 loyally (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for loyal

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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That’s right, let’s get rid of the a loyal, devoted player who actually wants to be in Orlando for a flash-in-the-pan free agent du jour. ... Orlando City’s stadium naming rights deal is already paying huge dividends in brand awareness for Exploria. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "ESPN reporter on UCF’s Shaquem, Shaquill Griffin: ‘You want to write stories that make people feel good’ | Commentary," 7 June 2019 Her daily updates on Instagram, functioning as an narrative of her life, attracted a viral and loyal following, which eventually led to Phillips landing her own late night show, Busy Tonight. Cady Lang, Time, "The 25 Accounts to Follow For the Best Instagram Stories Right Now," 4 June 2019 An obtuse Lear orders his loyal daughter, Cordelia, out of his sight. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, "Russell Harvard, Reaching Beyond ‘King Lear’," 2 June 2019 That’s because K-pop boy band, BTS, has taken over the music charts, building a loyal ARMY of fans along the way. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "You Won't Believe What BTS Member V's Net Worth Is," 24 May 2019 After eight years of dedicated, loyal viewership, endless heart palpitations over gruesome deaths of beloved characters, and dodging spoilers at all costs for the final episode, the ending of Game of Thrones was in plain sight all along. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Ending of 'Game of Thrones' Was Hidden In This Season 1 Poster This Whole Time," 24 May 2019 The payments are considered sacrosanct and essential if Hezbollah is to sustain its effectiveness as a fighting force, drawing loyal and die-hard recruits, Hezbollah officials say. Suzan Haidamous, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard," 18 May 2019 But that, unfortunately, wasn't the only pet tragedy: There was also a heartbreaking scene in which Jon Snow abandoned his loyal wolf companion, Ghost. Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Explains Why Jon Snow Abandoned Ghost," 7 May 2019 Your father, Prince Henry Charles Albert David, is a loyal Virgo with a bit of a rebellious streak. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "An Open Letter to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's New Royal Baby," 7 May 2019

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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


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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loyally adverb

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