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 Dictionary entry overview: What does loyal mean? 

LOYAL (adjective)
  The adjective LOYAL has 3 senses:

1. steadfast in allegiance or duty
2. inspired by love for your country
3. unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause

  Familiarity information: LOYAL used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

LOYAL (adjective)

Sense 1loyal [BACK TO TOP]


Steadfast in allegiance or duty

Context examples:

loyal subjects / loyal friends stood by him


true-blue (marked by unswerving loyalty)

liege (owing or owed feudal allegiance and service)

leal (faithful and true)

hard-core; hardcore (intensely loyal)

doglike (resembling a dog; especially in devotion)

allegiant (steadfast in devotion (especially to your lawful monarch or government))


loyal; patriotic (inspired by love for your country)


loyalty; trueness (the quality of being loyal)


disloyal (deserting your allegiance or duty to leader or cause or principle)

Sense 2loyal [BACK TO TOP]


Inspired by love for your country


patriotic; loyal


chauvinistic; flag-waving; jingoistic; nationalistic; superpatriotic; ultranationalistic (fanatically patriotic)


loyal (steadfast in allegiance or duty)

Sense 3loyal [BACK TO TOP]


Unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause


truehearted; loyal; fast; firm

Context examples:

a firm ally / loyal supporters / the true-hearted soldier...of Tippecanoe / fast friends


faithful (steadfast in affection or allegiance)

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