From Middle English troth, trothe, trouthe, trowthe, a variant of treuth, treuthe, treouthe (“allegiance, fidelity, faithfulness, loyalty; oath, pledge, promise; betrothal or marriage vow; betrothal; honour, integrity; holiness, righteousness; confidence, trust; creed, faith; fact, reality, truth”), from Old English trēowþ, trīewþ (“truth, veracity; faith, fidelity; covenant, pledge”), from Proto-Germanic *triwwiþō (“contract; promise”), equivalent to true + -th. See further at truth.
- (countable, archaic) An oath, pledge, or promise.
- 1883, Howard Pyle, “The Shooting-match at Nottingham Town”, in The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown, in Nottinghamshire, New York, N.Y.: Printed by Charles Scribner's Sons […], OCLC 22773434, part first, page 32:
- And by my faith and troth I have a good part of a mind to have thee beaten for thine insolence!
- 1909, Daniel Bussier Shumway, transl., “Adventure XVI: How Siegfried was Slain”, in The Nibelungenlied: Translated from the Middle High German with an Introductory Sketch and Notes (The Riverside Literature Series), Boston, Mass.; New York, N.Y.: Houghton Mifflin Company […], OCLC 931794, page 131:
- Hagen of Troneg now foully broke his troth to Siegfried.
- (countable, specifically) A pledge or promise to marry someone.
- (countable, specifically) The state of being thus pledged; betrothal, engagement.
- 1826, [James Fenimore Cooper], chapter XIV, in The Last of the Mohicans; a Narrative of 1757. [...] In Two Volumes, volume I, Philadelphia, Pa.: H[enry] C[harles] Carey & I[saac] Lea, Chestnut-Street, OCLC 1538219, page 248:
- I did, therefore, what an honest man should; restored the maiden her troth, and departed the country, in the service of my king.
- 1893, Henry James, “Collaboration”, in The Wheel of Time; Collaboration; Owen Wingrave, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers publishers, OCLC 932066270, page 110:
- 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.
- (uncountable) Truth.
- troth (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- troth in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- troth in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
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