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.

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There was a real buzz at the CFDA’s Americans in Paris cocktail party, which was filled with all the designers’s (finalists of the CVFF’s 2018 class) loyal supporters. Wendy Yu, Vogue, "Vintage Couture and Front Row Encounters: Inside Wendy Yu’s Paris Fashion Week," 20 Mar. 2019 Also, creators will be able to see badges next to their most loyal fans to help create deeper relationships with them. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Facebook Takes on HQ Trivia With Live Game Shows," 20 June 2018 Her loyal stand-up comedy fans are less likely to care. 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Things to do, June 14," 12 June 2018 Yet emotions will be running high until the tournament starts, both for Salah (who left the field in tears on Sunday in Kiev) and for his loyal fans back home. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "After Remarkable Rise, Mohamed Salah Shoulders Egypt's World Cup Hopes," 29 May 2018 That’s the kind of long-time, loyal fans who are left behind by this decision. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "After 40 years of loving TV baseball, I've tuned out thanks to the Orioles and MASN," 3 May 2018 One of Tesla’s greatest strengths is its ability to monetize the patience and goodwill of its customers and loyal fans. Dana Hull, Bloomberg.com, "Tesla Doesn’t Burn Fuel, It Burns Cash," 30 Apr. 2018 Apple has a loyal following among wealthy, tech-savvy young adults whom Goldman hopes to turn into Marcus customers. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Apple, Goldman Sachs Team Up on Credit Card Paired With iPhone," 21 Feb. 2019 Nevertheless, Ffrench’s singular ability to capture a modern mix of 70s charm and undergound cool is sure to be reimagined by her loyal following of tapped-in cosmetics buffs. Vogue, "Isamaya Ffrench’s Gold Foil Lids at Halpern Are a Disco-Party Look Worthy of a Saturday Night In London," 16 Feb. 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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