leal

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See also: Leal and leâl

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English leel, lel, borrowed from Anglo-Norman leal and Old French leial, from Latin lēgālis. Doublet of loyal and legal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /liːl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːl

Adjective[edit]

leal (comparative lealer, superlative lealest)

  1. (now chiefly Scotland) Loyal, honest.
    • 1848, Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son
      Mr Toots, like the leal and trusty soul he was, stopped the cabriolet in a twinkling, and told Susan Nipper of his commission, at which she cried more than before.
    • 2000, George R. R. Martin, A Storm of Swords, Bantam 2011, p. 858:
      We thank you for the pure white fire of his goodness, for the red sword of justice in his hand, for the love he bears his leal people.
  2. (now only Scotland) True, genuine.

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese, from Latin legālis. Compare legal.

Adjective[edit]

leal m or f (plural leais)

  1. adhering to the rules of propriety, fair, honest, loyal, true

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Ladin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin legālis.

Adjective[edit]

leal m (feminine singular leala, masculine plural leai, feminine plural leales)

  1. loyal
  2. honest

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Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

leal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular leal)

  1. Alternative form of loial

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese leal, from Latin legālis. Compare legal, borrowed from the same source.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: le‧al
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw

Adjective[edit]

leal m or f (plural leais)

  1. adhering to the rules of propriety, fair, honest, loyal, true
    Antonym: desleal

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian leale.

Adjective[edit]

leal m or n (feminine singular leală, masculine plural leali, feminine and neuter plural leale)

  1. loyal, faithful

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English leel, lel, borrowed from Anglo-Norman leal and Old French leial, from Latin lēgālis.

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leal (comparative mair leal, superlative maist leal)

  1. loyal
  2. true, pure

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Spanish, from Latin legālis. See also the borrowed doublet legal.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

leal (plural leales)

  1. adhering to the rules of propriety, fair, honest, loyal, true
    Synonym: fiel
    Antonym: desleal

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