loyal

adjective
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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Other Words from loyal

loyally \ ˈlȯi-​ə-​lē \ 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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The show is rumored to be able to answer some unanswered questions from the PLL finale and bring loyal PLL fans a new show to obsess over. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 Filson has had a loyal following of adventurers around its Seattle headquarters for more than 120 years. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How Filson Moved a 161-Year-Old Barn into NYC," 15 Nov. 2018 The two Palestinian factions split in 2007 after Hamas violently seized the Gaza Strip from forces loyal to Abbas. Mohammed Daraghmeh, The Seattle Times, "Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture," 23 Oct. 2018 Less than two years after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, clashes broke out between forces loyal to Mr. Kiir and those backing Mr. Machar, then the vice president. Megan Specia, New York Times, "A Peace Deal for South Sudan Is Signed. Will It Last?," 27 June 2018 Forces loyal to Yemen's exiled government and irregular fighters led by Emirati troops had neared Hodeida in recent days. NBC News, "Saudi-led forces aim to drive rebels from Yemeni port of Hodeida," 13 June 2018 The stylish campaign images feature 35 adorable pups from local shelters who are each looking for a loyal home, and dog lovers everywhere may not be able to resist. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "MONSE's New Campaign Shows Off Puppies and New Looks," 7 Dec. 2018 The judge can also thank her loyal fanbase for the big payday. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Judge Judy Sheindlin Is the Highest-Paid Host on Television," 28 Nov. 2018 Upon motoring up to a private shore, his loyal friend — a stingray nicknamed Georgette — swam up to greet us. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Vacation Like the Royal Family in the Bahamas," 30 Aug. 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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loyal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of loyal

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

loyal

adjective
loy·​al | \ ˈlȯi-əl \

Kids Definition of loyal

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

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