- the believers, especially members of a Christian church or adherents of Islam.
- the body of loyal members of any party or group.
Origin of faithful
Examples from the Web for faithful
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|DAILY BEAST
If history is a guide, Huckabee will need to resonate with more than just the faithful if he is to win.
But she soldiered on to the end, a loving and faithful companion in victory and defeat.
At every turn, they described their son as a faithful follower who had dedicated his life to easing the suffering of innocents.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage|Shane Harris|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The presidential hopefuls fire up the faithful with promises to extend the Republican revolution to 2016, as Jeb Bush stays mum.
The name infidel is not for us so long as we are faithful to the truth we know.Annie Besant|Annie Besant
Morse was a faithful teacher and took as much interest in our progress as—more indeed than—we did ourselves.The Age of Invention|Holland Thompson
On the 20th of March of that year the exile of Elba made an appeal to all faithful soldiers, and it was not made in vain.
She had been faithful to her marriage vow, till certain news of your death reached her.Seven Frozen Sailors|George Manville Fenn
Seneschal, let our faithful yeoman have a cup of brandy; it will be more germain to the matter.'Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for faithful
- the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
- any group of loyal and steadfast followers
Word Origin and History for faithful
c.1300, "full of faith," also "firm in allegiance," from faith + -ful. Meaning "true to the facts" is from 1520s. The noun sense of "true believers" is from 1550s. Related: Faithfully; faithfulness. Old Faithful geyser named 1870 by explorer Gen. H.D. Washburn, Surveyor-General of the Montana Territory, in reference to the regularity of its outbursts.