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

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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 A hundred and one troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad were killed, the Turkish defense ministry said. Sarah Dadouch, BostonGlobe.com, "Syrian, Turkish soldiers trade deadly strikes in Idlib as residents attempt to flee," 10 Feb. 2020 Much more random, and likely harder to take for those loyal to all Dallas-area franchises. Dallas News, "Kristaps Porzingis has pledged allegiance to an NFC East team. No, it’s not the Cowboys.," 9 Feb. 2020 Most voters who expressed disapproval with Romney's vote described themselves as loyal to the president and were already bothered by Romney's prior criticism of Trump. NBC News, "Romney, vilified in D.C. for vote to convict Trump, finds respect, support back home," 9 Feb. 2020 Rival forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Hifter receive support from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, as well as France and Russia. Samy Magdy, SFChronicle.com, "Fighting rages in Libya despite cease-fire pact," 26 Jan. 2020 As the head of the Quds Force, Soleimani directed Iran's support for militias loyal to Tehran throughout the Middle East. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "'Red herring': Trump, Barr say killing of Iran's Soleimani was justified, whether or not threat was imminent," 14 Jan. 2020 Soleimani was Iran’s top security and intelligence commander and oversaw the Quds Force, which trained and supported militias loyal to Tehran throughout the Middle East. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sen. Martha McSally on Soleimani: Trump 'did the right thing to take him out'," 6 Jan. 2020 Some gym users, loyal to their venues, prefer not to be quoted on their choices. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha's crowded gym market caters to fitness beginners and body builders alike," 18 Dec. 2019 To this day, Bassnectar's Bass Heads are some of the most devoted fans in the industry, loyal to a nearly frightening degree. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 60 Greatest Dance Songs of the Decade: Staff List," 26 Nov. 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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“Loyal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyal. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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

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loyally adverb

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