allegiance

[uh-lee-juhns]
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noun
  1. the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
  2. loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.

Origin of allegiance

1350–1400; Middle English aliegiaunce, equivalent to a- probably a-5 + liege liege + -aunce -ance; compare Middle French ligeance
Related formsnon·al·le·giance, nouno·ver·al·le·giance, noun

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See loyalty.

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allegiance

noun
  1. loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country
  2. (in feudal society) the obligations of a vassal to his liege lordSee also fealty, homage (def. 2)

Word Origin for allegiance

C14: from Old French ligeance, from lige liege
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Word Origin and History for allegiance
n.

late 14c., from Anglo-French legaunce "loyalty of a liege-man to his lord," from Old French legeance, from liege (see liege); erroneously associated with Latin ligare "to bind;" corrupted in spelling by confusion with the now-obsolete legal term allegeance "alleviation." General figurative sense of "recognition of claims to respect or duty" is attested from 1732.

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