noun, plural fe·al·ties.
- fidelity to a lord.
- the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal.
Origin of fealty
Examples from the Web for fealty
“It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,” he said.
They called the Republican bosses and their supporters Stalwarts because of their fealty to tradition.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics|Michael Wolraich|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Republican fealty to the interests of the investor class has been long-standing.Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%|Joel Kotkin|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They're not about amassing medals, so much as engendering goodwill; less cut-throat competition, more track and fealty.Kiss the…Queen’s Baton? The British Empire Is Alive and Well|Debra A. Klein|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was forged by the heat of dragons' breath when 1,000 bent their swords in fealty to Aegon the Conqueror.
The five men pressed the scarfs to their lips in token of fealty.Robin Hood|J. Walker McSpadden
Right sweetly the knight thanked her for her grace, and pledged her faith and fealty.French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France|Marie de France
Hence the oath of fealty was a personal obligation, and investiture was needful before the new feudee took possession.Landholding In England|Joseph Fisher
Nay, had she not called me her knight and accepted my fealty?In the Days of My Youth|Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
The formidable appearance of the forces he commanded induced the nobles and bishops to do fealty to him.The Days of Chivalry|Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
British Dictionary definitions for fealty
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for fealty
Word Origin and History for fealty
c.1300, from Old French feauté "loyalty, fidelity; homage sworn by a vassal to his overlord; faithfulness," from Latin fidelitatem (nominative fidelitas) "fidelity," from fidelis "loyal, faithful" (see fidelity).