Every second grader knows how to pledge allegiance to the flag, but do you think they realize when they place their right hand over their hearts that they're expressing loyalty to what we call the "Red, White, and Blue"?

You can pledge your allegiance to a flag or swear your allegiance to a government or cause. Either way you're expressing your commitment and devotion in the firmest sense of the word. The liege in allegiance comes from the Old French word meaning "lord and master," which is who you would have been swearing your allegiance to if you'd been a servant in France centuries ago.

Definitions of allegiance
  1. noun
    the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action
    synonyms: commitment, dedication, loyalty
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    loyalty and commitment to the interests of your own minority or ethnic group rather than to society as a whole
    a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose (to a service or a goal)
    commitment to some purpose
    the act of enlisting (as in a military service)
    loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
    devotion to the doctrine or a cult or to the practices of a cult
    a devotion to hobbies
    a renewed enlistment
    fetich, fetish
    excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
    party spirit
    devotion to a political party
    type of:
    joint operation or action
  2. noun
    the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
    synonyms: fealty
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    type of:
    loyalty, trueness
    the quality of being loyal
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