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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loyally \ˈlȯi-ə-lē \ 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.

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The movie also sees the return of Blue, the superintelligent raptor who remains loyal to Owen, his trainer and surrogate mother. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "We’re Going to Need a Bigger Island," 22 June 2018 Thank you to all our loyal and wonderful customers and friends for a great journey together! Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Popular spot for borscht and Russian dishes closes | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018 Centrist Democrats trying to survive reelection in states Trump won, meanwhile, have said little about Kavanaugh, seeking to avoid the wrath of the president’s loyal supporters or a backlash from liberals bent on defeating Kavanaugh’s nomination. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 Doing well in them depends on bringing out your loyal supporters. NBC News, "In Trump's trade war, China takes aim at vulnerable counties," 24 June 2018 They got swept in four games and for two decades have tortured loyal supporters by repeatedly making it to the playoffs only to blow it in the second round. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "Vegas and Washington Are More Similar Hockey Towns Than You Might Think," 4 June 2018 Trump is traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday to raise campaign cash for Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the party’s leading U.S. Senate hopeful in Tennessee, and to headline a rally with his most loyal supporters. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 Simmons’ stellar reputation has prompted loyal supporters, including some students, to rally to her defense. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "HISD says grade manipulation found at Furr HS; principal Bertie Simmons to lose job," 22 May 2018 Trump has spoken about prison reform before, working mostly with his loyal supporters to make a conservative, smaller-government argument for fewer, better-run prisons. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump will push for prison reform at White House summit. Will some reform lead to more?," 18 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of loyal

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


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

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