- the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.
- faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.
- an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.
Origin of loyalty
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Examples from the Web for loyalty
Joe Biden and John McCain professed undying love and loyalty for each other, even though, as Biden noted, “I drive him crazy.”Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
Will “loyalty cards” be enough to stave of a Republican massacre of House Democrats on Tuesday?The Democrats’ Simple Midterm Weapon
November 4, 2014
Can he play the game in Washington and still keep their loyalty?The Best of the Beast, Sept 15-21: Kanye West and Alexander the Great’s Tomb
The Daily Beast
September 20, 2014
The loyalty she had assumed was mutual was looking to be suspiciously unreciprocated.Joan Rivers's Trailblazing, Troubled, and Complicated Role in Late-Night TV
September 5, 2014
I thanked them for their loyalty and all the innovation and expertise they brought to the Expedition through the years.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
So we decided to give our Loyalheart a loyalty token, and here it is.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Like Hamlet, too, this Richard is quick to suspect even his friends' loyalty.The Man Shakespeare
There was nothing forced nor feigned in these testimonials of loyalty to George the Second.Old News
The khan asserted his loyalty and that of his neighbour the Khan of Jar.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
It was they who first questioned the petals of flowers for their lovers' loyalty.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- the state or quality of being loyal
- (often plural) a feeling of allegiance
Word Origin and History for loyalty
c.1400, from Old French loialté, leauté "loyalty, fidelity; legitimacy; honesty; good quality" (Modern French loyauté), from loial (see loyal). Earlier leaute (mid-13c.), from the older French form. Loyalty oath first attested 1852.