1. Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause. See Synonyms at fidelity.
2. The obligations of a vassal to a lord.
[Middle English alligeaunce, alteration of ligeaunce, from Old French ligeance, from lige, liege; see LIEGE.]
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