What does faithful mean?

Definitions for faithful
ˈfeɪθ fəlfaith·ful

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word faithful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. faithfulnoun

    any loyal and steadfast following

  2. congregation, fold, faithfuladjective

    a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

  3. faithfuladjective

    steadfast in affection or allegiance

    "years of faithful service"; "faithful employees"; "we do not doubt that England has a faithful patriot in the Lord Chancellor"

  4. close, faithfuladjective

    marked by fidelity to an original

    "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts"

  5. faithfuladjective

    not having sexual relations with anyone except your husband or wife, or your boyfriend or girlfriend

    "he remained faithful to his wife"


  1. faithfulnoun

    The practicing members of a religion or followers of a cause.

    The faithful pray five times a day.

  2. faithfuladjective

    loyal; adhering firmly to person or cause

    My dog is a very faithful dog.

  3. faithfuladjective

    having faith

    Some people are faithful to their god.

  4. faithfuladjective

    reliable; worthy of trust

    My servant is very faithful.

  5. faithfuladjective

    consistent with reality

    I would consider that a very faithful reproduction.

  6. faithfuladjective

    engaging in sexual relations only with one's spouse or long-term sexual partner

    They had been faithful to each other all of their married life.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Faithfuladjective

    Etymology: faith and full.

    To the saints which are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus. Eph. i. 1.

    Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev. ii. 10.

    I have this day receiv’d a traitor’s judgment,
    And by that name must die; yet, heav’n bear witness,
    And, if I have a conscience, let it sink me,
    Ev’n as the axe falls, if I be not faithful. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    So spake the seraph Abdiel, faithful found;
    Among the faithless, faithful only he. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    My servant Moses is faithful in all mine house. Numb. xii.

    Well I know him;
    Of easy temper, naturally good,
    And faithful to his word. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.


  1. Faithful

    Faithful is a song performed by Go West. The song is the opening track on the band's fourth album Indian Summer and serves as the album's lead single. Written by the band and Martin Page and produced by Peter Wolf, the song reached the top 20 in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Its highest chart position was in Canada, where it peaked at number two on the week of 6 February 1993. It also reached number three on the adult contemporary charts of both Canada and the United States.


  1. faithful

    Faithful generally refers to someone or something that is reliable, dependable, and trustworthy, showing unfailing and consistent loyalty, support, or allegiance. This can apply to various contexts such as relationships, religious devotion, or the accurate representation or reflection of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faithfuladjective

    full of faith, or having faith; disposed to believe, especially in the declarations and promises of God

  2. Faithfuladjective

    firm in adherence to promises, oaths, contracts, treaties, or other engagements

  3. Faithfuladjective

    true and constant in affection or allegiance to a person to whom one is bound by a vow, be ties of love, gratitude, or honor, as to a husband, a prince, a friend; firm in the observance of duty; loyal; of true fidelity; as, a faithful husband or servant

  4. Faithfuladjective

    worthy of confidence and belief; conformable to truth ot fact; exact; accurate; as, a faithful narrative or representation

Editors Contribution

  1. faithful

    To have faith.

    They had faith in their unity and love for each other and decided to get married sooner than planned.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Faithful is ranked #122314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Faithful surname appeared 141 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Faithful.

    63.1% or 89 total occurrences were White.
    27.6% or 39 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.5% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'faithful' in Adjectives Frequency: #1027

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of faithful in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of faithful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of faithful in a Sentence

  1. Brigitte Bardot:

    It is better to be unfaithful than to be faithful without wanting to be.

  2. Neil Gorsuch:

    I pledge to each of you and to the American people that, if confirmed, I will do all my powers permit to be a faithful servant of the Constitution and laws of our great nation.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    People of faith — especially evangelicals — matter enormously in our elections, these are Americans who understand that the American idea is deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian values, especially basic respect for life and the fundamental dignity of every person. It is of the utmost importance that conservatives provide policies and leadership that deliver good outcomes for these faithful Americans.

  4. Yellowstone National Park:

    At 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, Yellowstone National Park will begin allowing visitors to access the south loop of Yellowstone National Park, the south loop is accessed from the East( Cody), West( West Yellowstone), and South( Grand Teton/Jackson). Areas accessible include Madison, Old Faithful, Grant Village, Lake Village, Canyon Village and Norris.

  5. Catholic News Agency:

    No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.

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