loyalty

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noun loy·al·ty \ˈlȯi(-ə)l-tē\

Definition of loyalty

plural

loyalties

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 15th century

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

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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

loyalty

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noun loy·al·ty \ˈlȯi-əl-tē\

Definition of loyalty for Students

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loyalties

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



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