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Webster 1913 Edition


Loyal

Loy′al

,
Adj.
[F.
loyal
, OF.
loial
,
leial
, L.
legalis
, fr.
lex
,
legis
, law. See
Legal
, and cf.
Leal
.]
1.
Faithful to law; upholding the lawful authority; faithful and true to the lawful government; faithful to the prince or sovereign to whom one is subject; unswerving in allegiance.
Welcome, sir John ! But why come you in arms ? –
To help King Edward in his time of storm,
As every
loyal
subject ought to do.
Shakespeare
2.
True to any person or persons to whom one owes fidelity, especially as a wife to her husband, lovers to each other, and friend to friend; constant; faithful to a cause or a principle.
Your true and
loyal
wife.
Shakespeare
Unhappy both, but
loyal
their loves.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Loyal

LOY'AL

,
Adj.
[L. lex, law.]
Faithful to a prince or superior; true to plighted faith, duty or love; not treacherous; used of subjects to their prince, and of husband, wife and lovers; as a loyal subject; a loyal wife.
There Laodamia with Evadne moves, unhappy both! but loyal in their loves.

Definition 2022


Loyal

Loyal

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English

Proper noun

Loyal

  1. A town in Oklahoma
  2. A city in Wisconsin

loyal

loyal

See also: Loyal

English

Adjective

loyal (comparative loyaler or loyaller, superlative loyalest or loyallest)

  1. Having or demonstrating undivided and constant support for someone or something.
  2. Firm in allegiance to a person or institution.
  3. Faithful to a person or cause.

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Danish

Etymology

From French loyal.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /løjaːl/, [lʌˈjæːˀl]

Adjective

loyal

  1. loyal

Inflection

Inflection of loyal
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular loyal 2
Neuter singular loyalt 2
Plural loyale 2
Definite attributive1 loyale
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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French

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Old French loial, leial, leal, loyel from Latin lēgālis. Equivalent to loi + -al. Doublet of légal.

Adjective

loyal m (feminine singular loyale, masculine plural loyaux, feminine plural loyales)

  1. loyal

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German

Etymology

From French loyal

Adjective

loyal (comparative loyaler, superlative am loyalsten)

  1. loyal

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Middle French

Etymology

Old French loial.

Adjective

loyal m (feminine singular loyale, masculine plural loyaux, feminine plural loyales)

  1. loyal

Descendants

References

  • (fr) Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (loial, supplement)