[ leel ]

  1. loyal; true.

Origin of leal

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

Other words from leal

  • leally, adverb
  • le·al·ty [lee-uhl-tee], /ˈli əl ti/, noun

Words Nearby leal

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How to use leal in a sentence

  • God grant she may always be Our Queen that we may be her liegemen, leal and right trusty in all catastrophes!

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • It was from him that I had a quite extravagant account of this wee, leal Highlander a few years ago.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • At the end of five years the leal Highlander was not only still remembered, but he had become a local celebrity.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • You have been leal and true to me indeed, and many a black hour have you tided me over since this war' began.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • Oh, that I were but safe at hame amang mine ain leal and true people!

British Dictionary definitions for leal


/ (liːl) /

  1. Scot loyal; faithful

Origin of leal

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

Derived forms of leal

  • leally, adverb
  • lealty (ˈliːəltɪ), noun

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