loy·​al ˈlȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce loyal (audio)
: unswerving in allegiance: such as
: faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government
were loyal to the king
: faithful to a private person to whom faithfulness is due
a loyal husband
: faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product
a loyal churchgoer
loyal to the party of their forebearsDennis Farney
: showing loyalty
a loyal friend
obsolete : lawful, legitimate
loyally adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for loyal

faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance.

faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted.

faithful to her promise

loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray.

remained loyal to the czar

constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows.

constant friends

staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it.

a staunch defender of free speech

steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction.

steadfast in their support

resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose.

a resolute ally

Example Sentences

The team has many loyal fans. She has provided the company with many years of loyal service.
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Word History


Middle French, from Old French leial, leel, from Latin legalis legal

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loyal was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Loyal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loyal. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


loy·​al ˈlȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce loyal (audio)
: faithful to one's lawful government
: faithful to a person to whom allegiance or affection is due
: faithful to a cause or ideal
loyally adverb

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