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
Recent Examples on the Web To me, loyalty to one party has never been a decision of fundamental importance. . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Sweet freedom of conscience, &c.," 27 Jan. 2020 Our loyalty will always be to the 21,000 members of the Recording Academy. Time, "How the Grammys Descended Into Behind-the-Scenes Chaos," 24 Jan. 2020 Our loyalty will always be to the 25,000 members of the recording industry. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan Tells 'GMA' She Was 'Trying to Make a Difference': Watch," 23 Jan. 2020 Data analytics plays a significant role in helping us assess and better understand issues such as loss or gain in market share, loyalty among buyers, and pursuing future expansion. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "At one of India’s oldest liquor companies, digital marketing is key to “relentless modernisation”," 27 Dec. 2019 On the other hand, Trump dangles rewards to those who show loyalty — a favorable tweet, or a presidential visit to their state — and his heavy hand has assured victory for a number of Republican primary candidates. BostonGlobe.com, "BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — By the summer of 2017, Dave Trott, a two-term Republican congressman, was worried enough about President Trump’s erratic behavior and his flailing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act that he criticized the president in a closed-door meeting with fellow GOP lawmakers.," 22 Dec. 2019 On the other hand, Mr. Trump dangles rewards to those who show loyalty — a favorable tweet, or a presidential visit to their state — and his heavy hand has assured victory for a number of Republican candidates in their primaries. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Fear and Loyalty: How Donald Trump Took Over the Republican Party," 21 Dec. 2019 Dantonio has shown loyalty to struggling veteran quarterbacks before with Andrew Maxwell and Tyler O’Connor. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football and Mark Dantonio's tough call on playing for now vs. the future," 18 Nov. 2019 The 50th District covers a swath of the county east and north of San Diego, a region previously considered one of California’s most reliably red seats that has shown a strong loyalty to the Hunter name for decades. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Republicans fail to endorse a candidate for 50th Congressional District," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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8 Feb 2020

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“Loyalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyalty. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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

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