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 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 While a wave of White House staffers and CEOs have tried to distance themselves from President Trump after the Capitol riot, the White House is still receiving visitors from those who remain loyal to the president. Lauren Booker, BostonGlobe.com, "MyPillow CEO came to the White House with papers that mention ‘martial law.’ Here’s what we know about the visit," 16 Jan. 2021 Much as in the U.S., where social media companies’ actions against Trump have angered his supporters, members of Modi’s party accuse Facebook of political bias when the company removes accounts loyal to the prime minister. Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times, "Facebook banned Trump. Leaders who say worse often go unpunished," 15 Jan. 2021 Abu Layla said the attack killed no more than 40 members of local and foreign forces loyal to Assad. Washington Post, "Israel launches unusually intense strikes on Iranian positions in Syria," 13 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, having stayed largely loyal to Warner Bros. since Batman: Year One, Aronofsky directs the enigmatic, allegorical horror film mother!, set to be released in late 2020. Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021 Last week, as insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump broke through U.S. Capitol windows and ransacked congressional offices, like-minded protesters gathered at state capitols around the country. Elaine S. Povich And Alex Brown, USA TODAY, "Security holes at state capitols: Many allow guns inside, lack metal detectors," 12 Jan. 2021 And some customers are likely to remain loyal to the existing Trump properties — particularly in red or purple states like Florida and North Carolina — no matter what the president does or says, or how many times he is impeached. New York Times, "An Urgent Reckoning for the Trump Brand," 11 Jan. 2021 As lawmakers met, violent protestors loyal to Trump stormed the Capitol in an insurrection intended to keep Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. Anthony Izaguirre, ajc, "Oaths questioned as Trump's backers fight against loss," 10 Jan. 2021 Trump was locked out of his account on his preferred social medial platform for 12 hours earlier this week after a violent mob loyal to him stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to stop Congress from affirming President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Twitter permanently bans Donald Trump, citing risk of incitement," 8 Jan. 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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23 Jan 2021

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“Loyal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyal. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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