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.
- the duty and loyalty owed by a vassal or tenant to his feudal lord
- an oath of such loyalty
- Archaic loyalty; fidelity
Origin of fealtyMiddle English feute, fealtye from Old French feauté, fealté from Classical Latin fidelitas, fidelity
- a. The fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord.b. The oath of such fidelity.
- Allegiance. See Synonyms at fidelity.
Origin of fealtyMiddle English fealtye from Old French fealte from Latin fidēlitās faithfulness from fidēlis faithful from fidēs faith ; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.