- Fealty is defined as something owed to a very powerful person by someone who is loyal to or protected by someone.
An example of fealty is a person farming land without payment for someone to whom they are indebted for protection.
fealty definition by Webster's New World
- the duty and loyalty owed by a vassal or tenant to his feudal lord
- an oath of such loyalty
- Archaic loyalty; fidelity
Origin: Middle English feute, fealtye ; from Old French feauté, fealté ; from Classical Latin fidelitas, fidelity
fealty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. fe·al·ties
- a. The fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord.b. The oath of such fidelity.
- Faithfulness; allegiance. See Synonyms at fidelity.
Origin: Middle English fealtye, from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitās, faithfulness, from fidēlis, faithful, from fidēs, faith; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.