[ fee-uhl-tee ]
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noun,plural fe·al·ties.
  1. History/Historical.

    • fidelity to a lord.

    • the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal.

Origin of fealty

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English feute, feaute, fealtye, from Anglo-French, Old French feauté, fealté, from Latin fidēlitāt- (stem of fidēlitās ) fidelity; internal -au-, -al- from feal, reshaping (by substitution of -al--al1) of fe(d)eil, from Latin fidēlis

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Other words from fealty

  • non·fe·al·ty, noun, plural non·fe·al·ties.
  • un·fe·al·ty, noun, plural un·fe·al·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for fealty


/ (ˈfiːəltɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. (in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassal: See homage (def. 2)

Origin of fealty

C14: from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitās fidelity

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