loyal

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adjective loy·al \ˈlȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of loyal

  1. 1 :  unswerving in allegiance: such asa :  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. 2 :  showing loyalty <a loyal friend>

  3. 3 obsolete :  lawful, legitimate

loyally

play \ˈlȯi-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of loyal in a sentence

  1. The team has many loyal fans.

  2. She has provided the company with many years of loyal service.

Origin and Etymology of loyal

Medieval French, from Old French leial, leel, from Latin legalis legal


First Known Use: 1531

Synonym Discussion of loyal

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>.

LOYAL Defined for English Language Learners

loyal

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adjective loy·al \ˈlȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of loyal for English Language Learners

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


LOYAL Defined for Kids

loyal

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adjective loy·al \ˈlȯi-əl\

Definition of loyal for Students

  1. :  having or showing true and constant support for someone or something <loyal fans>

loyally

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