Origin of loyal
Examples from the Web for loyal
What matters is being honest, humble, and a faithful and loyal friend, father and member of your community.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv|Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Edwin Morris Kocurek is a hard-working and loyal employee,” said his first evaluation, obtained through an open-records request.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither was there a return to the loyal but small ghetto of Charter 77.
It is this very sensitive issue that has galvanized widespread resistance from previously loyal campesinos.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Manson might get out, Spahn suggested, or there might still be people on the ranch who were loyal to him.
Charlotte was as loyal as her mother; she did not like it if even her lover intimated anything in disfavor of her father.Pembroke|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
You need a protector who is not only wise and brave, and loyal to Albania, but loyal to you.The Captain of the Janizaries|James M. Ludlow
Each of you is, therefore, proved to be a loyal subject and honorable gentleman.The Lady of Loyalty House|Justin Huntly McCarthy
Through all this trouble Thompson had a staunch and loyal friend.The Loyalists of Massachusetts|James H. Stark
At times her loyal, loving heart seemed ready to burst from the strain she thrust upon it.Kentucky in American Letters, v. 2 of 2|John Wilson Townsend
British Dictionary definitions for loyal
Word Origin for loyal
Word Origin and History for loyal
1530s, in reference to subjects of sovereigns or governments, from Middle French loyal, from Old French loial, leal "of good quality; faithful; honorable; law-abiding; legitimate, born in wedlock," from Latin legalem, from lex "law." In most cases it has displaced Middle English leal, which is from the same French source. Sense development in English is feudal, via notion of "faithful in carrying out legal obligations." In a general sense (of dogs, lovers, etc.), from c.1600. As a noun meaning "those who are loyal" from 1530s (originally often in plural).