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From Middle English trouthe, trowthe, variant of treouthe, treuthe, from Old English trēowþ, trīewþ (truth, veracity; faith, fidelity; pledge, covenant), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiþō (promise, contract), equivalent to true +‎ -th. More at truth.


troth (plural troths)

  1. (archaic) an oath, promise, or pledge
  2. specifically, a promise or pledge to marry someone
  3. the state of being thus pledged; betrothal, engagement


  • 1893, Henry James, Collaboration [1]
    Vendemer’s sole fortune is his genius, and he and Paule, who confessed to an answering flame, plighted their troth like a pair of young rustics or (what comes for French people to the same thing) young Anglo-Saxons.
  • 1826, James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
    I did therefore what an honest man should - restored the maiden her troth, and departed the country in the service of my king.

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