One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Loyal and honest.‘his leal duty to the King’
- ‘Or else the Americans could do the decent thing, and change their law in such a way that it mirrors the arrangements of their most leal and trusty ally.’
- ‘Open yer airms and minds tae folk in need, hain frae fylin and skaith the land and sea, tak tent o justice and the commonweal, ding doon hypocrisy, wanthrift and greed, heeze up the banner o humanity, seek oot the truth and tae the truth be leal.’
- ‘It is a furry mammal, with a bark as winsome as any leal and faithful Labrador.’
Middle English: from Old French leel, earlier form of loial (see loyal).
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