The definition of loyal is faithful or showing faithfulness to a government, person or cause.
An example of loyal is a person who stands by her friend's side through good and bad times.
- faithful to the constituted authority of one's country
- faithful to those persons, ideals, etc. that one is under obligation to defend, support, or be true to
- relating to or indicating loyalty
Origin of loyalFrench from Old French loial, leial from Classical Latin legalis: see legal
- Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign.
- Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty. See Synonyms at faithful.
- Of, relating to, or marked by loyalty: thanked the voters for their loyal support.
Origin of loyalFrench from Old French leial, loial from Latin lēgālis legal from lēx lēg- law ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more loyal, superlative most loyal)