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fealty

[fee-uh l-tee] /ˈfi əl ti/
noun, plural fealties.
1.
History/Historical.
  1. fidelity to a lord.
  2. the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal.
2.
fidelity; faithfulness.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English feute, feaute, fealtye < Anglo-French, Old French feauté, fealté < Latin fidēlitāt- (stem of fidēlitās) fidelity; internal -au-, -al- from feal, reshaping (by substitution of -al- -al1) of fe(d)eil < Latin fidēlis
Related forms
nonfealty, noun, plural nonfealties.
unfealty, noun, plural unfealties.
Synonyms
2. loyalty, devotion.
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British Dictionary definitions for fealty

fealty

/ˈfiːəltɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
(in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one's lord on becoming his vassal See homage (sense 2)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitāsfidelity
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Word Origin and History for fealty
n.

c.1300, from Old French feauté "loyalty, fidelity; homage sworn by a vassal to his overlord; faithfulness," from Latin fidelitatem (nominative fidelitas) "fidelity," from fidelis "loyal, faithful" (see fidelity).

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