loy·​al·​ty | \ ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē How to pronounce loyalty (audio) \
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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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

Examples of loyalty in a Sentence

the loyalty of the team's fans there was no denying that dog's loyalty to his master
Recent Examples on the Web Through those discussions, themes emerged, including loyalty, integrity and being grounded for their clients. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2022 As Lear and the status quo devolve into madness, the whole family faces the brutal truth of family dynamics, loyalty, and the existence of justice. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 5 Sep. 2022 In autocracies, ruling parties become personal tools of the leader, and loyalty to the head of state, rather than expertise, is the most prized political quality. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 These pups are brimming with loyalty, affection and work ethic, according to AKC. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2022 Out on the Chase Center court, the staples of sporting maturity — loyalty, brotherhood, sacrifice — come vividly to life. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2022 This breeds loyalty and is a significant difference from how most team cultures operate. Mark Samuel, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 The unconventional piece was accompanied by a dramatic cathedral lace veil, which was hand-embroidered with floral details, an image of the Virgin Mary, and the words family, loyalty, and respect. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2022 For Badu, a 10-minute phone call from her home in Texas is more than enough time to discuss loyalty, longevity, the comforts of recording at home, the joys of twerking abroad and more. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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“Loyalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalty. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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loy·​al·​ty | \ ˈlȯi-əl-tē How to pronounce loyalty (audio) \
plural loyalties

Kids Definition of loyalty

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

Choose the Right Synonym for loyalty

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.

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