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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Tyrants respond to their early successes not by resting on their laurels but by constantly upping the ante more and more, purging the disloyal, and forcing the loyal to submit to more and more ludicrous positions. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 That’s part of what is so appealing to Legum, who came up as a blogger in the early aughts, when loyal readers visited and often commented on their favorite blogs every day. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Most customers who are loyal to Amazon have it on their phone or their computer. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon may put out a toy catalog, a holiday tradition up for grabs after Toys 'R Us bankruptcy," 5 July 2018 Even suspicion of being loyal to a rival gang is a death sentence. Washington Post, "Having being deported to Central America after fleeing gangs," 3 July 2018 Many employees were loyal to Cordray and disapprove of Mulvaney’s approach. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Favors Little-Known Official to Be Next CFPB Chief," 15 June 2018 Most Sanders voters, by contrast, were loyal Democrats who simply didn’t much like Mrs Clinton. The Economist, "Berned out," 7 June 2018 By the time McGuire recorded the game's final out, nearly every fan remaining was loyal to Texas. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Kody Clemens sparks UT past Texas A&M," 2 June 2018 Other schools like Drake, Incarnate Word and Drexel recruited him, but Wilbon was loyal to the Colonials. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Hutton: Two years after a 'heartbreaking' dislocated knee injury, Cameron Wilbon signs with Robert Morris," 15 Apr. 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


loy·al | \ ˈlȯi-əl \

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

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