allegeance

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French alegeance.

Noun[edit]

allegeance (plural allegeances)

  1. (obsolete) Alleviation, relief.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      What bootes it him from death to be vnbound, / To be captiued in endlesse duraunce / Of sorrow and despaire without aleggeaunce?