loyalty

noun
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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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 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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Also, Tormund is still bruised from being rejected by Brienne—or more accurately just fully ignored in favor of Jaime—and could probably use the love and loyalty of a gentle direwolf. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jon Snow Didn't Even Pet Ghost Goodbye in Game of Thrones Tonight," 6 May 2019 Women tend to pledge loyalty to companies or institutions that profit from their intelligence and hard work, often without compensating them adequately in money, recognition, or power. Alicia Glen, Marie Claire, "Alicia Glen of Women.NYC on Helping Women and Female-Led Business Get the Money They Deserve," 3 Apr. 2019 Chanel Values Consistency and Loyalty The decision to elect Viard to succeed Lagerfeld is not a hasty one, indicative of values on which Chanel has been unwavering for the past 36 years: consistency and loyalty. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 However, family loyalties will likely continue to be put to the test. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods Says She Will "Always" Have Love For Kylie Jenner," 19 Apr. 2019 At the same time, Boone developed a reputation for loyalty. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 On Sunday the apparel giant’s loyalty was rewarded when Mr. Woods won the Masters, capping a surprising turnaround that marketing experts say could restart Mr. Woods’s endorsement machine and provide a boost to Nike’s golf business. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Tiger Woods Rewards Nike’s Loyalty With Masters Win," 15 Apr. 2019 There is the obvious, straightforward answer as to why this promotion exists: This is a standard loyalty program with some technomagical fairy dust sprinkled on top. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Domino's Pizza-Spotting App Is a Window Into a Future of Justified Paranoia," 20 Feb. 2019 This is not a loyalty oath but a promise to care for each other. Adam O’neal, WSJ, "Inside Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Cult’," 5 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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loyalty

noun

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

loyalty

noun
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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