from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord.
- n. The oath of such fidelity.
- n. Faithfulness; allegiance. See Synonyms at fidelity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
- n. The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord; the special oath by which this obligation was assumed; fidelity to a superior power, or to a government; loyality. It is no longer the practice to exact the performance of fealty, as a feudal obligation.
- n. Fidelity; constancy; faithfulness, as of a friend to a friend, or of a wife to her husband.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fidelity. to a lord; faithful adherence of a tenant or vassal to the superior of whom he holds his lands; the solemn recognition by the tenant, under oath, of his lord's paramount right.
- n. Fidelity in general, as of one friend to another, of a wife to a husband, etc.; faithfulness; faith; loyalty.
- n. Synonyms Allegiance. Loyalty, Fealty. See allegiance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
Middle English fealtye, from Old French fealte, from Latin fidēlitās, faithfulness, from fidēlis, faithful, from fidēs, faith; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman fealté, from Latin fidēlitās ("faithfulness") (Wiktionary)