Definition of loyal
1 : unswerving in allegiance: such asa : faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government were loyal to the kingb : faithful to a private person to whom faithfulness is due a loyal husbandc : 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
loyallyplay \ˈlȯi-ə-lē\ adverb
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 of loyal from the Web
A speaker may help keep customers loyal to service products such as Apple Music, a subscription music streaming offering that costs $10 per month.
But government forces met intense resistance from Abu Sayyaf gunmen and from members of the heavily armed Maute group, which is loyal to the Islamic State.
The move is risky for CBS since news viewers typically grow loyal to a particular anchor and a change in a familiar face can lead them to go elsewhere.
Troops loyal to Noriega put down revolt by other soldiers.
Patsy, King Arthur’s loyal servant, is played by Wyatt Walberg, who graduated from Olathe East this spring.
Isnilon got away and fighters loyal to him took over parts of the city, burning buildings and seizing about a dozen hostages, including a priest.
HBO has made loyal Game of Thrones fans wait longer than usual for season seven, which isn't set to premiere until July 16 (in the past the show has come out in March or April).
Despite the company’s problems, Alexion understandably enjoys a fervently loyal fan base.
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Origin and Etymology of loyal
Middle French, from Old French leial, leel, from Latin legalis legal
First Known Use: 1531
Synonym Discussion of loyal
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
Definition of loyal for Students
: having or showing true and constant support for someone or something loyal fans
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