[ uh-lee-juhns ]
/ əˈli dʒəns /


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.

Nearby words

  1. alleger,
  2. allegheny,
  3. allegheny barberry,
  4. allegheny mountains,
  5. allegheny spurge,
  6. allegiant,
  7. allegorical,
  8. allegorically,
  9. allegorist,
  10. allegoristic

Origin of allegiance

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

SYNONYMS FOR allegiance
See loyalty.

ANTONYMS FOR allegiance

Related formsnon·al·le·giance, nouno·ver·al·le·giance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allegiances


/ (əˈliːdʒəns) /


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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Word Origin and History for allegiances



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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