Meaning of FEALTY in English

ˈfē(ə)ltē, -ti noun

( -es )

Etymology: alteration (influenced by Middle French fealté ) of Middle English feute, feaute, from Old French feauté, fealté, alteration (influenced by feal faithful) of feelté, from Latin fidelitat-, fidelitas fidelity, from fidelis faithful + -itat-, -itas -ity


a. : the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord

b. : the obligation of such fidelity

received him as king and lord of Ireland, vowing loyal obedience to him and his successors, and acknowledging fealty to them forever — Owen Wister

c. : an oath committing one to such fidelity

swore fealty to his overlord


a. : faithfulness , allegiance

the board … to be appointed by the President, presumably from names submitted by the Academy or those holding strong fealty to it — M.L.Cooke

fealty to facts

specifically : faithfulness or allegiance conceived as an obligation or duty

the fealty owed by a citizen to the best interest of his country

b. : an oath committing one to such fidelity or allegiance

swore fealty to the Constitution with his hand resting upon a Bible — Time

Synonyms: see fidelity

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