noun \ˈtrüs\

: an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time

Full Definition of TRUCE

:  a suspension of fighting especially of considerable duration by agreement of opposing forces :  armistice, cease-fire
:  a respite especially from a disagreeable or painful state or action

Examples of TRUCE

  1. There's been an uneasy truce between her and her parents for the past several months.
  2. <both sides agreed to a 24-hour truce beginning at midnight on Christmas Eve>

Origin of TRUCE

Middle English trewes, plural of trewe agreement, from Old English trēow fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical



Definition of TRUCE

intransitive verb
:  to make a truce
transitive verb
:  to end with a truce

First Known Use of TRUCE

15th century
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noun \ˈtrüs\

Definition of TRUCE for Kids

:  an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting for a certain period of time


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