What does allegiance mean?

Definitions for allegiance
əˈli dʒənsal·le·giance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. commitment, allegiance, loyalty, dedicationnoun

    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

    "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"

  2. allegiance, fealtynoun

    the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)


  1. allegiancenoun

    Loyalty to some cause, nation or ruler.

  2. Etymology: From aliegiaunce, from legaunce, from legeance, from lege, liege, of origin. More at liege.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Allegiancenoun

    The duty of subjects to the government.

    Etymology: allegeance, Fr.

    I did pluck allegiance from mens hearts,
    Loud shouts and salutations from their mouths,
    Even in the presence of the crowned king. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    We charge you on allegiance to ourselves,
    To hold your slaught’ring hands, and keep the peace. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. i.

    The house of commons, to whom every day petitions are directed by the several counties of England, professing all allegiance to them, govern absolutely; the lords concurring, or rather submitting to whatsoever is proposed. Edward Hyde.


  1. Allegiance

    An allegiance is a duty of fidelity said to be owed, or freely committed, by the people, subjects or citizens to their state or sovereign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Allegiancenoun

    the tie or obligation, implied or expressed, which a subject owes to his sovereign or government; the duty of fidelity to one's king, government, or state

  2. Allegiancenoun

    devotion; loyalty; as, allegiance to science


  1. Allegiance

    An allegiance is a duty of fidelity said to be owed by a subject or a citizen to his/her state or sovereign.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Allegiance

    al-lēj′i-ans, n. the duty of a subject to his liege or sovereign.—adj. Allē′giant. [L. ad, to, and Liege.]


  1. Allegiance

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. allegiance

    The legal obedience of a subject to his sovereign in return for the protection afforded; a debt which, in a natural-born subject, cannot be cancelled by any change of time, or place, or circumstance, without the united consent of the legislature.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. allegiance

    In law, implies the obedience which is due to the laws. Oath of Allegiance is that taken by an alien, by which he adopts America and renounces the authority of a foreign government. It is also applied to the oath taken by officers and soldiers in pledge of their fidelity to the state.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegiance in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of allegiance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of allegiance in a Sentence

  1. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann:

    A provisional translation by an interpreter shows that he expressly announces, in the name of Allah, and testifying his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a famous Islamist leader, an act of revenge against the Germans because they're getting in the way of Islam.

  2. Mark Hutchison:

    We're really seeing a lot of momentum here in Nevada for Senator Rubio, people just see him as a next-generation leader. ... One thing that you're seeing is that a lot of people who saw Governor Walker as attractive are now are moving their allegiance and their resources over to our effort.

  3. John Campbell:

    You do have some of the Taliban breaking off and claiming allegiance toward ISIS.

  4. Christian Crawford:

    The graduation started off normal – pledge of allegiance, then speeches.

  5. Micah Brienen:

    If we don’t make a stand now – we might not have the Pledge of Allegiance in school, what’s next, removing the flags? It’s only the beginning.

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