Allegiance meaning

ə-lē'jəns
Loyalty or devotion, as to a cause, person, etc.
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Loyalty to some cause, nation or ruler.
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The definition of allegiance means giving a promise to be loyal, or the action of actually being loyal and on someone's side.

Swearing that you will follow the laws of a country is an example of giving allegiance.

Always defending your friend and looking out for his best interests is an example of allegiance to your friend.

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The duty that was owed by a vassal to his feudal lord.
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The obligation of support and loyalty to one's ruler, government, or country.
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Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause.
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The obligations of a vassal to a lord.
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Origin of allegiance

  • Middle English alligeaunce alteration of ligeaunce from Old French ligeance from lige liege liege
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English aliegiaunce, from Anglo-Norman legaunce (“loyalty of a liege-servant to one's lord”), from Old French legeance, from Old French lege, liege (“liege, servant”), of Germanic origin. More at liege.
    From Wiktionary