May 25, 2016
- allegiance (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : loyalty and obedience owed to one's country or government2 : devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause
- How do you use it?
- "I myself am a savage; owning no allegiance but to the King of the Cannibals; and ready at any moment to rebel against him." (Herman Melville, _Moby Dick_)
- Are you a word wiz?
What language do you think "allegiance" comes from?"Allegiance" stems from Anglo-French, which is the French language used in medieval England. Specifically, "allegiance" traces to the Anglo-French term "lige," meaning "liege," which is a person in the Middle Ages who received protection and land from a lord in return for loyalty and service. "Lige" became "ligeance" and then "allegeance" before passing into Middle English as "aligeaunce" in the 14th century.