Definition of fealty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfiːəlti/


[mass noun] historical
1A feudal tenant’s or vassal’s sworn loyalty to a lord: they owed fealty to the Earl rather than the King
More example sentences
  • The Anglo-Saxons used oaths not only to swear fealty to feudal lords, but also to ensure honesty during legal proceedings and transactions.
  • By that I mean a vassal/lord relationship in which the former swears fealty to the latter in return for control of the lands which he owns.
  • No, what's important is your unswerving fealty to the Lord.
1.1Formal acknowledgement of loyalty to a lord: a property for which she did fealty
More example sentences
  • In 920 Edmund had accepted Raegnald's fealty and thus acknowledged his status.
  • Llwelyn was forced into a humiliating surrender that included relinquishing control over the eastern part of his territory and an acknowledgment of fealty paid to Edward I annually.
  • Homage and fealty performed by the great men after the coronation were arguably of greater practical importance than the ceremony itself.


Middle English: from Old French feau(l)te, fealte, from Latin fidelitas (see fidelity).

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