Meaning of “loyal” in the English Dictionary

"loyal" in British English

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uk /ˈlɔɪ.əl/ us /ˈlɔɪ.əl/

B2 firm and not changing in your friendship with or support for a person or an organization, or in your belief in your principles:

Jack has been a loyal worker in this company for almost 50 years.
When all her other friends deserted her, Steve remained loyal.
She's very loyal to her friends.

More examples

  • After years of loyal service, his boss gave him the shaft by firing him just before he would have qualified for a pension.
  • My family are staunchly loyal.
  • The shop attracted a loyal following among the well-heeled.
  • I have always been a loyal supporter of Arsenal.
  • All my friends remained loyal to me.
adverb uk /ˈlɔɪ.ə.li/ us /ˈlɔɪ.ə.li/

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

"loyal" in American English

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us /ˈlɔɪ·əl/

always giving help and encouragement:

People close to Woodruff are fiercely loyal and quick to shower her with superlatives.
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈlɔɪ·əl·ti/

[ C ] My loyalties to my family come before my loyalties to my work.

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

"loyal" in Business English

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uk /lɔɪəl/ us

COMMERCE, MARKETING a loyal customer always buys the same product, uses the same store, etc.:

Supermarkets should reward their most loyal customers.
loyal to sb/sth Our customers remain loyal to the brand.

HR a loyal employee works for the same company for many years:

loyal to sb/sth Training programmes encourage workers to remain loyal to their employers.

(Definition of “loyal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)