- faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state: a loyal subject.
- faithful to one's oath, commitments, or obligations: to be loyal to a vow.
- faithful to any leader, party, or cause, or to any person or thing conceived as deserving fidelity: a loyal friend.
- characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.: loyal conduct.
Origin of loyal
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Examples from the Web for loyal
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
“Edwin Morris Kocurek is a hard-working and loyal employee,” said his first evaluation, obtained through an open-records request.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
Neither was there a return to the loyal but small ghetto of Charter 77.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
It is this very sensitive issue that has galvanized widespread resistance from previously loyal campesinos.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
Manson might get out, Spahn suggested, or there might still be people on the ranch who were loyal to him.Gay Talese on Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range
October 31, 2014
"He's a loyal kid, at that," Burke commented, with a grudging admiration.Within the Law
But, talk as he might, in Johnny Rosenfeld's loyal heart there was no thought of desertion.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It seems fairly certain also that Heidegger was none too loyal as a partner.Handel
Edward J. Dent
Anybody would be loyal who'd been treated as my father treated Aleck.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
But he was a good husband, and she had a loyal respect for his rights.The Secret Agent
- having or showing continuing allegiance
- faithful to one's country, government, etc
- of or expressing loyalty
Word Origin and History for loyal
1530s, in reference to subjects of sovereigns or governments, from Middle French loyal, from Old French loial, leal "of good quality; faithful; honorable; law-abiding; legitimate, born in wedlock," from Latin legalem, from lex "law." In most cases it has displaced Middle English leal, which is from the same French source. Sense development in English is feudal, via notion of "faithful in carrying out legal obligations." In a general sense (of dogs, lovers, etc.), from c.1600. As a noun meaning "those who are loyal" from 1530s (originally often in plural).