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[uh-lee-juh ns] /əˈli dʒəns/
the loyalty of a citizen to his or her government or of a subject to his or her sovereign.
loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like.
1350-1400; Middle English aliegiaunce, equivalent to a- probably a-5 + liege liege + -aunce -ance; compare Middle French ligeance
Related forms
nonallegiance, noun
overallegiance, noun
See loyalty.
1. treason. 2. treachery. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for allegiance
  • Libraries now regard their users as customers whose needs should be met in order to secure their allegiance.
  • You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers.
  • He is not known to have any party allegiance.
  • In light of the authors' professed allegiance to fresh, seasonal produce, occasional use of canned foods may seem contradictory.
  • Puritanical by nature, they conduct an ongoing argument with John about who owes allegiance where.
  • They also don't need to win popular allegiance.
  • In the past few decades, however, that allegiance has largely faded.
  • It's time that young voters stop blindly swearing allegiance to one party or the other.
  • Ken's double allegiance torments him, adding intrigue to the fast-moving plot.
  • My allegiance was to my mother, whose allegiance was to Cleveland.
British Dictionary definitions for allegiance


loyalty, as of a subject to his sovereign or of a citizen to his country
(in feudal society) the obligations of a vassal to his liege lord See also fealty, homage (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ligeance, from ligeliege
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Word Origin and History for allegiance

late 14c., from Anglo-French legaunce "loyalty of a liege-man to his lord," from Old French legeance, from liege (see liege); erroneously associated with Latin ligare "to bind;" corrupted in spelling by confusion with the now-obsolete legal term allegeance "alleviation." General figurative sense of "recognition of claims to respect or duty" is attested from 1732.

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