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allegiancenoun [C or U]

uk   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 ​schoolday. As an ​Englishman who'd ​lived for a ​longtime in France, he ​felt a ​certainconflict of allegiances when the two ​countriesplayedsoccer.
(Definition of allegiance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​localcommunity comes first.
(Definition of allegiance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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