- faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state: a loyal subject.
- faithful to one's oath, commitments, or obligations: to be loyal to a vow.
- faithful to any leader, party, or cause, or to any person or thing conceived as deserving fidelity: a loyal friend.
- characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.: loyal conduct.
Origin of loyal
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Examples from the Web for loyally
When it does, Obama is going to need Democratic legislators and liberals across the country firmly and loyally in his corner.Will Obama Learn the Right Lesson From the Summers Debacle?
September 18, 2013
And Netanyahu has loyally followed that advice since entering politics a quarter century ago.How Obama Became Netanyahu
March 20, 2013
Any black officer in uniform, no matter how loyally he had served the republic, was killed or thrown in chains.Barack Obama’s Forgotten Founding Father in Revolutionary France
October 14, 2012
Mike Lofgren loyally served the GOP on Capitol Hill for 28 years.GOP Defector Spills the Beans
September 5, 2011
Not since Carmela Soprano has a wife stood so loyally behind her n'er-do-well husband as Denise Richards has in recent months.Why Denise Richards Stands by Charlie Sheen
February 8, 2011
"He would have won had I been on his back," declared the girl, loyally.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
His emperor had feasted, flattered, and decorated him, and he was loyally grateful.
Stay'd the wheels at CogolettoAnd drank, and loyally drank, to him.
How she had disliked improvements, yet how loyally she had accepted them when made!Howards End
E. M. Forster
But then, has he not loyally engaged to support the Establishment?Leading Articles on Various Subjects
- having or showing continuing allegiance
- faithful to one's country, government, etc
- of or expressing loyalty
Word Origin and History for loyally
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).