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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  1. 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

"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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