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fealty

[fee-uhl-tee]
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noun, plural fe·al·ties.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
Related formsnon·fe·al·ty, noun, plural non·fe·al·ties.un·fe·al·ty, noun, plural un·fe·al·ties.

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Related Words for fealty

faithfulness, loyalty, duty, constancy, fidelity, obligation, devotion

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British Dictionary definitions for fealty

fealty

noun plural -ties
  1. (in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassalSee homage (def. 2)
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Word Origin for fealty

C14: from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitās fidelity
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Word Origin and History for fealty

n.

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).

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