adjective loy·al \ ˈlȯi(-ə)l \
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

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


play \ˈlȯi-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of loyal in a Sentence

  1. The team has many loyal fans.

  2. She has provided the company with many years of loyal service.

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Origin and Etymology of loyal

Middle French, from Old French leial, leel, from Latin legalis legal

Synonym Discussion of 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

LOYAL Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of loyal for English Language Learners

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

LOYAL Defined for Kids


adjective loy·al \ ˈlȯi-əl \

Definition of loyal for Students

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



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