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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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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But for an annual fee of $95, compared to their old card's $75 annual fee, frequent Hyatt guests stand to earn a lot more for their loyalty by picking up the new World of Hyatt Credit Card. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hyatt's New Rewards Credit Card: Why the World of Hyatt Credit Card Is Worth It," 28 June 2018 Christians then knew that the passage might be read to demand loyalty to Britain. Laura Nasrallah, Washington Post, "What Jeff Sessions got wrong when quoting the Bible," 15 June 2018 Sanford on Tuesday night lost to South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington, a political newcomer who spent much of the campaign blasting Sanford — who had never lost an election — over his lack of loyalty to Trump. Adam Edelman /, NBC News, "Losing GOP candidate Sanford: I pledge allegiance to the flag, not Trump," 14 June 2018 Pence, author Kate Andersen Brower writes, is uniquely suited to working for a boss like Trump, who demands absolute loyalty. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Why Mike Pence's selection as VP was seen as a reward for his faithfulness and other revelations in new book," 12 June 2018 So, for instance, Mr. Comey was very concerned that Trump had demanded his loyalty. Fox News, "What are President Trump's next steps on North Korea?," 22 Apr. 2018 Maryam Nawaz, known for her dramatic tweets and fierce loyalty to her father and party, tweeted Friday afternoon that ‘‘the real decision will be made on July 25,’’ when Pakistanis go to the polls. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Pakistan court convicts former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in corruption case," 6 July 2018 Pruitt’s personal loyalty to Trump, his effectiveness in deregulating industry, his true-blue commitment to the conservative cause helped him keep his job for far longer than many expected. David Roberts, Vox, "Tribalism fueled Scott Pruitt’s rise to power — and the scandals that came with it," 5 July 2018 These have become, for the moment, the most reliable test of one’s loyalty to Trump (as opposed to abstract principles of democracy and the rule of law). Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 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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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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