faithful to one's sovereign, government, or state: a loyal subject.
faithful to one's oath, commitments, or obligations: to be loyal to a vow.
faithful to any leader, party, or cause, or to any person or thing conceived as deserving fidelity: a loyal friend.
characterized by or showing faithfulness to commitments, vows, allegiance, obligations, etc.: loyal conduct.

1525–35; < Middle French, Old French loial, le(i)al < Latin lēgālis legal

loyally, adverb
loyalness, noun
nonloyal, adjective
nonloyally, adverb
overloyal, adjective
overloyally, adverb
quasi-loyal, adjective
quasi-loyally, adverb
superloyal, adjective
superloyally, adverb
unloyal, adjective
unloyally, adverb

1. patriotic. 2. See faithful.

1. faithless, treacherous.
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loyal (ˈlɔɪəl)
1.  having or showing continuing allegiance
2.  faithful to one's country, government, etc
3.  of or expressing loyalty
[C16: from Old French loial, leial, from Latin lēgālislegal]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, in reference to subjects of sovereigns or governments, from Fr. loyal, from O.Fr. loial, from L. legalem, from lex "law." In a general sense (of dogs, lovers, etc.), from c.1600.
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Example sentences
We were comrades for better or worse from the day she put her hand in mine, and
  never was there a more loyal and faithful one.
Horses have been our faithful servants, our tireless comrades, and our loyal
With proper conditioning a subject could be turned into an enthusiastic soldier
  or a loyal customer.
The scientists say orchids became successful by changing or sharing
  pollinators, but staying loyal to fungi.
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