leal

[ leel ]
/ lil /
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adjective Scot.

loyal; true.

Nearby words

  1. leakey, louis seymour bazett,
  2. leakey, mary douglas,
  3. leakey, richard erskine frere,
  4. leakproof,
  5. leaky,
  6. lealty,
  7. leamington,
  8. leamington spa,
  9. lean,
  10. lean and hungry look

Origin of leal

1250–1300; Middle English leel < Old French < Latin lēgālis legal; see loyal

Related formsleal·ly, adverble·al·ty [lee-uh l-tee] /ˈli əl ti/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for leal

leal

/ (liːl) /

adjective

Scot loyal; faithful
Derived Formsleally, adverblealty (ˈliːəltɪ), noun

Word Origin for leal

C13: from Old French leial, from Latin lēgālis legal; related to loyal

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Word Origin and History for leal

leal

adj.

"loyal, faithful, honest, true," c.1300, lele, surviving from Middle English as Northern English and Scottish form of loyal. The Land of the leal is Heaven, not Scotland.

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