loyal

adjective
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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Other Words from loyal

loyally \ ˈlȯi-​ə-​lē How to pronounce loyal (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 During his four years as president, Donald Trump insisted that the attorney general must be loyal to him personally, a position that battered the department's reputation. Michael Balsamo, Star Tribune, "AG nominee Garland vows Capitol riot will be top priority," 22 Feb. 2021 During his four years as president, Donald Trump insisted that the attorney general must be loyal to him personally, a position that battered the department’s reputation. chicagotribune.com, "Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland vows independence at Justice Department: ‘I do not plan to be interfered with by anyone’," 22 Feb. 2021 During his four years as president, Donald Trump insisted that the attorney general must be loyal to him personally, a position that battered the department’s reputation. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland vows Capitol riot will be top priority," 22 Feb. 2021 The book explores Westover’s struggle to reconcile her desire for education and autonomy with her desire to be loyal to her family. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Library hosts Writers Center Stage Series: Around The Town," 19 Feb. 2021 His supporters continued to be extremely loyal to him, though—so much so that by the time Argentina’s constitutional democracy was restored nearly two decades later, Perón won reelection by a landslide. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "What’s Next for Trumpism?," 16 Feb. 2021 More Republicans describe Democrats as enemies right now than as merely political opposition, a view that rises even higher among Republicans who most want the party to be loyal to Mr. Trump. Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "Majority favor conviction as impeachment trial begins, but many Republicans urge loyalty to Trump — CBS News poll," 9 Feb. 2021 If voters agree to allow a casino in St. Tammany, the newcomer to the market will have to lure gamblers who are now loyal to Mississippi casinos. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Proposed Slidell-area casino could do battle with Mississippi for the hearts of Louisiana gamblers," 7 Feb. 2021 House Republicans debated Cheney’s fate during a tumultuous, hours-long, closed-door meeting Wednesday that was expected to signal the future direction of a party whose base is still fiercely loyal to Trump. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Liz Cheney keeps job as No. 3 House Republican despite her impeachment vote but 61 object," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Loyal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyal. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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loyally adverb

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