Definition of allegiance in English:



mass noun
  • Loyalty or commitment to a superior or to a group or cause.

    ‘those wishing to receive citizenship must swear allegiance to the republic’
    count noun ‘a complex pattern of cross-party allegiances’
    • ‘He would be compromised by his party allegiance, not to mention his string of directorships.’
    • ‘There are many gangs who have adopted political allegiance to one party or another.’
    • ‘Pledge your allegiance to your own gender and learn to celebrate the woman in you.’
    • ‘Its aims were internally generated, and it won fierce allegiance from the Palestinian people.’
    • ‘You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers.’
    • ‘I thought all people must pledge their allegiance, or be categorised accordingly.’
    • ‘Three years later, leftwing allegiance in an American writer was professional suicide.’
    • ‘This year I've decided to switch my mathematical allegiance to square numbers.’
    • ‘Whatever your political allegiance, there's almost certain to be a piece of merchandise to suit it.’
    • ‘Loyalty to him became the test of patriotism and social allegiance in general.’
    • ‘She refused to take her seat, for she would have had to swear allegiance to the King.’
    • ‘There was no doubt about his allegiance: he was draped in an Irish tricolour and was wearing a green wig!’
    • ‘Constantly it seems we are pressured to declare our allegiance to one side or the other.’
    • ‘Players should be free to represent the country they feel allegiance to, no matter where they were born.’
    • ‘How can you justify allegiance to a different city if you do not live there, or are not from there?’
    • ‘The Guardian has clearly decided to switch allegiance to the Conservatives.’
    • ‘Political allegiance is a matter of conscience, and if people cannot be held to that, where is morality?’
    • ‘In addition, students started their day by pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes flag.’
    • ‘His unswerving allegiance to the socialist ideal guaranteed an eventful political life.’
    • ‘The obvious way to approach this question is to ask why people choose one religious allegiance over another.’
    loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, obedience, fealty, adherence, homage, devotion, bond
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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French ligeance, from lige, liege (see liege), perhaps by association with Anglo-Latin alligantia ‘alliance’.