Meaning of “allegiance” in the English Dictionary

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"allegiance" in British English

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allegiancenoun [ C or U ]

uk /əˈliː.dʒəns/ us /əˈliː.dʒəns/ formal

loyalty and support for a ruler, country, group, or belief:

Soldiers have to swear allegiance to the Crown/the King.
In many American schools, the students pledge allegiance (to the flag) at the beginning of the school day.
As an Englishman who'd lived for a long time in France, he felt a certain conflict of allegiances when the two countries played soccer.

(Definition of “allegiance” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"allegiance" in American English

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allegiancenoun [ C/U ]

us /əˈli·dʒəns/

support for a leader, country, group, or belief:

[ U ] For many here, allegiance to the local community comes first.

(Definition of “allegiance” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)