loyalty

noun
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

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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Many psephologists have taken to arguing that Leave and Remain are beginning to trump left and right as the lodestars of political loyalty. The Economist, "Labour holds Peterborough, slowing the Brexit Party’s momentum," 7 June 2019 No, new Serena is fully detached from any semblance of loyalty to the system, to her former relationships. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 6 June 2019 His victorious opponents, Assemblyman Ryan Peters and Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield, questioned the sincerity of Howarth’s loyalties to President Donald Trump. Amy S. Rosenberg, https://www.inquirer.com, "Trump-branded Assemblyman Joe Howarth loses to party regulars in Burlington County primary," 5 June 2019 The return, refund, gift card, and loyalty rewards policies will also remain intact for the time being. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dressbarn Is Going Out of Business and Closing All 650 of Its Stores," 3 June 2019 The 47-year-old is a member of Shop Your Way, Sears’s loyalty program. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Went Into Bankruptcy—but Its Lavish Rewards Program Won’t Quit," 2 Apr. 2019 Now, retailers are paring data harvested from purchases and loyalty programs with analytical tools that promise advertisers bigger bang for their buck. Matthew Boyle, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a big advertising business. Walmart wants one too," 19 Feb. 2019 Lyft announced a new loyalty program on Monday, in which riders accumulate points that can be exchanged for trip upgrades or access to more experienced drivers. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft planning to introduce a rewards program for riders," 12 Nov. 2018 In February the company launched More Cheese Rewards, its first ever guest loyalty program. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Chuck E. Cheese's launches unlimited gaming option," 11 July 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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loyalty

noun

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

loyalty

noun
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

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