1. Faithful to law; upholding the lawful authority; faithful and true to the lawful government; faithful to the
prince or sovereign to whom one is subject; unswerving in allegiance.
Welcome, sir John ! But why come you in arms ? -Shak.
To help King Edward in his time of storm,
loyal subject ought to do.
2. True to any person or persons to whom one owes fidelity, especially as a wife to her husband, lovers
to each other, and friend to friend; constant; faithful to a cause or a principle.
Your true and loyal wife.Shak.
Unhappy both, but loyaltheir loves.Dryden.
(Loy"al*ist), n. A person who adheres to his sovereign or to the lawful authority; especially, one
who maintains his allegiance to his prince or government, and defends his cause in times of revolt or
(Loy"al*ly), adv. In a loyal manner; faithfully.
(Loy"al*ness), n. Loyalty. [R.] Stow.
(Loy"al*ty) n. [Cf. F. loyauté. See Loyal, and cf. Legality.] The state or quality of being loyal; fidelity
to a superior, or to duty, love, etc.
He had such loyalty to the king as the law required.Clarendon.
Not withstanding all the subtle baitSpenser.
With which those Amazons his love still craved,
To his one love his
loyalty he saved.
"Loyalty . . . expresses, properly, that fidelity which one owes according to law, and does not necessarily
include that attachment to the royal person, which, happily, we in England have been able further to
throw into the word." Trench.
Syn. Allegiance; fealty. See Allegiance.
(Loz"enge) n. [F. lozange, losange; perh. the same as OF. losengef flattery, praise, the heraldic
sense being the oldest Cf. Losenger, Laudable.]
1. (Her.) (a) A diamond-shaped figure usually with the upper and lower angles slightly acute, borne
upon a shield or escutcheon. Cf. Fusil. (b) A form of the escutcheon used by women instead of the
shield which is used by men.
2. A figure with four equal sides, having two acute and two obtuse angles; a rhomb.
3. Anything in the form of lozenge.
4. A small cake of sugar and starch, flavored, and often medicated. originally in the form of a lozenge.
Lozenge coach, the coach of a dowager, having her coat of arms painted on a lozenge. [Obs.] Walpole.
Lozenge-molding (Arch.), a kind of molding, used in Norman architecture, characterized by lozenge-
(Loz"enged) Loz"enge- shaped` (-shapt), a. Having the form of a lozenge or rhomb.
The lozenged panes of a very small latticed window.C. Bronté.