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 District Judge Randolph Moss called literally waving the flag for Trump an unmistakable sign of loyalty to a single person rather than the country and democracy. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 19 July 2021 If the last decade was about efficient customer acquisition, Mr. Bornstein says today is about the power of loyalty. Laura Forman, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Despite four years of loyalty, Pence has drawn the ire of the GOP's pro-Trump base over his refusal to heed Trump's wishes and attempt -- without any legal mechanism to do so -- to thwart the counting of some states' electoral votes on January 6. Eric Bradner, CNN, 16 July 2021 Bukele is fond of asking people to swear impromptu oaths of loyalty. Christopher Sherman, ajc, 5 July 2021 Bukele is fond of asking people to swear impromptu oaths of loyalty. Christopher Sherman, Star Tribune, 4 July 2021 Research from Gartner suggests that customer experience drives more than two-thirds of customer loyalty, a greater impact than brand and price combined. David Prosser, Forbes, 29 June 2021 These experiments hit drivers hard, whittling away their earnings along with any residual sense of loyalty to either app. Lauren Smiley, Wired, 22 June 2021 Speaking of loyalty, BYU football recently released its Gameday T-shirt — an annual tradition — for the upcoming season. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2021

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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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The first known use of loyalty was in the 15th century

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“Loyalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalty. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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