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fealty

[ fee-uhl-tee ]
/ ˈfi əl ti /
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noun, plural fe·al·ties.

History/Historical.
  1. fidelity to a lord.
  2. the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal.
fidelity; faithfulness.

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Origin of fealty

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

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

fealty
/ (ˈfiːəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

(in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassalSee homage (def. 2)

Word Origin for fealty

C14: from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitās fidelity
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