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

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 Across the street at 13 Ravens Coffee and Books, owner Liberty Miller entered the 2021 summer season loyal to the customers who supported her early on in the pandemic. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 He was described in his obituary as a loyal teammate who cared deeply about his fellow players. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 21 May 2022 Veteran stage actress Tovah Feldshuh as Paul’s grandmother, Esther’s mother, is utterly memorable and will likely find a loyal legion of new fans for her scene-stealing work. Clayton Davis, Variety, 20 May 2022 An independent expenditure committee not affiliated with the Democrat’s official campaign is running TV and radio ads on outlets popular with conservatives touting Early as antiabortion, pro-gun and loyal to Trump. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, commentators loyal to the Kremlin have applauded the war effort and praised the country’s military leadership. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 19 May 2022 California woman says 'loyal' dog saved her from mountain lion attack. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 The country’s media ecosystem is dominated now by entities loyal to the ruling government. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 The problem is how to pay the patronage for their élites, how to keep the élites loyal, especially the security services and the upper levels of the officer corps. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Loyal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyal. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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

Other Words from loyal

loyally adverb

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