noun loy·al·ty \ ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē \

Definition of loyalty

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

Examples of loyalty in a Sentence

  1. the loyalty of the team's fans

  2. there was no denying that dog's loyalty to his master

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Origin and Etymology of loyalty

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

Synonym Discussion of 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 Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of loyalty for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being loyal

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

LOYALTY Defined for Kids


noun loy·al·ty \ ˈlȯi-əl-tē \

Definition of loyalty for Students

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

Synonym Discussion of 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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