loyal

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French loyal, from Old French loial, leial, leal, from Latin lēgālis. Doublet of legal and leal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɔɪəl/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪəl
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

loyal (comparative loyaler or loyaller, superlative loyalest or loyallest)

  1. Having or demonstrating undivided and constant support for someone or something.
    Dogs are very loyal animals, which is why they make wonderful pets.
    George is a loyal and loving husband.
  2. Firm in allegiance to a person or institution.
  3. Faithful to a person or cause.
    We must remain loyal to the mission.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French loyal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /løjaːl/, [lʌˈjæːˀl]

Adjective[edit]

loyal

  1. loyal

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of loyal
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular loyal 2
Neuter singular loyalt 2
Plural loyale 2
Definite attributive1 loyale
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French loial (with various alternative forms: leial, leal, loyel) from Latin lēgālis.[1] Equivalent to loi +‎ -al. Doublet of légal.

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loyal (feminine loyale, masculine plural loyaux, feminine plural loyales)

  1. loyal

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

18th century, from French loyal, from Latin legalis. Doublet of legal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /lo̯aˈjaːl/, [lɔˈjaːl], [lo-], [lo.aˈjaːl]
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

loyal (strong nominative masculine singular loyaler, comparative loyaler, superlative am loyalsten)

  1. loyal
    Antonym: illoyal

Usage notes[edit]

  • Loyal usually means a formal, outward kind of loyalty, whereas treu tends to mean loyalty that is based on emotion or deep-rooted conviction. Therefore loyal is used especially with institutions, business partners, colleagues etc., while treu is used especially with lovers, friends, pets and suchlike. Ein loyaler Ehemann would be a husband who is reliable, supports his wife, does not speak ill of her, etc., whereas ein treuer Ehemann would put more emphasis on intimate affection and monogamy. Similarly, ein loyaler Anhänger is a follower who is reliable and performs their duty, while the expression ein treuer Anhänger may add an emotional level.

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Further reading[edit]

  • loyal” in Duden online
  • loyal” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French loial.

Adjective[edit]

loyal m (feminine singular loyale, masculine plural loyaux, feminine plural loyales)

  1. loyal

Descendants[edit]

  • French: loyal

References[edit]

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l'ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (loial, supplement)