allegiance

[ uh-lee-juhns ]
/ əˈli dʒəns /

noun

the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.

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Origin of allegiance

1350–1400; Middle English aliegiaunce, equivalent to a- probably a-5 + liege liege + -aunce -ance; compare Middle French ligeance

OTHER WORDS FROM allegiance

non·al·le·giance, nouno·ver·al·le·giance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for allegiance

allegiance
/ (əˈliːdʒəns) /

noun

loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country
(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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