loyal (adj.) 1530s, in reference to subjects of sovereigns or governments, from M.Fr. loyal, from O.Fr. loial, leal "of good quality; faithful; honorable; law-abiding; legitimate, born in wedlock," from L. legalem, from lex "law." In most cases it has displaced M.E. LEAL (Cf. leal), which is from the same French source. Sense development in English is feudal, via notion of "faithful in carrying out legal obligations." In a general sense (of dogs, lovers, etc.), from c.1600. As a noun meaning "those who are loyal" from 1530s (originally often in plural).

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  • loyal — loyal, ale, aux [ lwajal, o ] adj. • 1407; leial 1080; lat. legalis → légal 1 ♦ Vx ou dr. Conforme à la loi, à ce qui est requis par la loi. ⇒ légal. ♢ Mod. Dr. comm. Qualité loyale et marchande. 2 ♦ (t. de féod., repris fin XVIIIe) Cour. Qui est …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • loyal — loy‧al [ˈlɔɪəl] adjective MARKETING if customers are loyal to a particular product, they continue to buy it and do not change to other products: loyal to • The chain is trying to appeal to customers loyal to other fast food companies. * * * loyal …   Financial and business terms

  • loyal — loyal, ale (lo ial, ia l ; plusieurs disent loiial, ia l ; d après Bèze, au XVIe siècle, il fallait prononcer loi ial, et il condamne ceux qui disaient lo ial) adj. 1°   Qui est de la condition requise par la loi. Marchandise bonne et loyale. Vin …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • loyal — Loyal, Fidus, Fidelis. Homme qui est fort loyal, Cum fide magna vir. Il n a pas grands biens, mais il est loyal, Haud magna cum re, sed fidei plenus. Il est plus loyal qu il n est fin, Plus fidei quam artis, plus veritatis quam disciplinae… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Loyal — may refer to: * The concept of loyalty. * Ben Loyal, a mountain in Sutherland * Some places named Loyal in the United States: **Loyal, Oklahoma **Loyal, Wisconsin **Loyal (town), Wisconsin …   Wikipedia

  • Loyal — Loyal, WI U.S. city in Wisconsin Population (2000): 1308 Housing Units (2000): 576 Land area (2000): 1.374274 sq. miles (3.559353 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.374274 sq. miles (3.559353 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Loyal — Loy al, a. [F. loyal, OF. loial, leial, L. legalis, fr. lex, legis, law. See {Legal}, and cf. {Leal}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Faithful to law; upholding the lawful authority; faithful and true to the lawful government; faithful to the prince or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loyal — Loyal, [loya]le. adj. Qui est de la condition requise par la Loy, par l Ordonnance. Marchandise bonne & loyale. vin loyal & marchand. Il se dit aussi des personnes, & alors il sign. Plein d honneur & de probité. C est un homme loyal. c est l… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Loyal — steht für: das Eigenschaftswort von Loyalität Loyal (Zeitschrift), das Magazin des Reservistenverbandes der Bundeswehr Loyal (Wisconsin), eine Kleinstadt in den USA Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterschei …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • loyal — Adj std. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Französische Form von legal, hier in der Bedeutung dem Gesetz entsprechend . Abstraktum: Loyalität.    Ebenso nndl. loyaal, ne. loyal, nfrz. loyal, nschw. lojal, nnorw. lojal. ✎ DF 2 (1942), 45. französisch frz …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Loyal, OK — U.S. town in Oklahoma Population (2000): 81 Housing Units (2000): 43 Land area (2000): 0.078624 sq. miles (0.203634 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.078624 sq. miles (0.203634 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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