loy·​al·​ty | \ ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē \
plural loyalties

Definition of loyalty 

: the quality or state or an instance of being loyal the loyalty of the team's fans

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Choose the Right Synonym for loyalty

fidelity, allegiance, fealty, loyalty, devotion, piety mean faithfulness to something to which one is bound by pledge or duty. fidelity implies strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty. marital fidelity allegiance suggests an adherence like that of citizens to their country. pledging allegiance fealty implies a fidelity acknowledged by the individual and as compelling as a sworn vow. fealty to the truth loyalty implies a faithfulness that is steadfast in the face of any temptation to renounce, desert, or betray. valued the loyalty of his friends devotion stresses zeal and service amounting to self-dedication. a painter's devotion to her art piety stresses fidelity to obligations regarded as natural and fundamental. filial piety

loyalty and allegiance mean faithfulness owed by duty or by a pledge or promise. loyalty is used of a very personal or powerful kind of faithfulness. I felt great loyalty to my teammates. allegiance is used of a duty to something other than a person, especially to a government or idea. I pledge allegiance to the flag.

Examples of loyalty in a Sentence

the loyalty of the team's fans there was no denying that dog's loyalty to his master

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What if Maine Democrats took that incentive for party loyalty off the table by paving the way to an easy general election in 2020? Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "How Maine Democrats Can Save Roe v. Wade," 10 July 2018 Even with the strong pressure for party loyalty, senators also respond to constituent opinion, particularly the president’s political standing in each senator’s state, and the senator’s own electoral calendar. Michele L. Swers, Washington Post, "Will Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski support Trump’s Supreme Court nominee? Here’s what history tells us.," 6 July 2018 But Quiet Ann has a point, Desna asks for loyalty and her crew are nothing if not loyal. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 4 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Scream’ and Quiet Ann finding her voice," 1 July 2018 Detailing the president’s requests for loyalty and to end the investigation into his national security adviser at the time, Michael T. Flynn, the memos were recounted in articles in The New York Times around that time. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Shaken’ Rosenstein felt used by White House in Comey firing," 30 June 2018 Detailing the president’s requests for loyalty and to end the investigation into Michael T. Flynn, then his national security adviser, the memos were recounted in articles in The New York Times around that time. New York Times, "‘Shaken’ Rosenstein Felt Used by White House in Comey Firing," 29 June 2018 The teams involved in e-sports are working hard to sow the seeds for a loyalty that transcends the individual game, and this sheen of hype is instrumental to that effort. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Going to an e-sport event is like traveling back to the time when people followed sports for the sport," 30 May 2018 Register in advance for loyalty and group rates for the annual event at BillboardLatinConference.com. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Pitbull Joins Billboard's Latin Music Week in Las Vegas for Intimate Talk About Music, New Career Moves: Exclusive," 13 Apr. 2018 Family loyalty is in the bones of Italian-Americans. Angela Rocco Decarlo, WSJ, "Merry Christmas, Don Corleone," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of loyalty

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loyalty

alteration of Middle English leawte, lewte, from Anglo-French lealté, leauté, from leal, leial loyal

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English Language Learners Definition of loyalty

: the quality or state of being loyal

: a loyal feeling : a feeling of strong support for someone or something


loy·​al·​ty | \ ˈlȯi-əl-tē \
plural loyalties

Kids Definition of loyalty

: the quality or state of being true and constant in support of someone or something

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