fealty


noun, plural fe·al·ties.

  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.

noun plural -ties

  1. (in feudal society) the loyalty sworn to one’s lord on becoming his vassalSee homage (def. 2)
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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