Fealty meaning

fēəl-tē
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.

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(archaic) Loyalty; fidelity.
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Allegiance.
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Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
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The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
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Origin of fealty

  • Middle English fealtye from Old French fealte from Latin fidēlitās faithfulness from fidēlis faithful from fidēs faith bheidh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman fealté, from Latin fidēlitās (“faithfulness”)

    From Wiktionary