treaty

noun
trea·​ty | \ ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce treaty (audio) \
plural treaties

Definition of treaty

1a : an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation:
(1) : a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (such as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state
b : a document in which such a contract is set down
2 : the action of treating and especially of negotiating

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of treaty in a Sentence

a nuclear test ban treaty in accordance with a treaty between the United States and the tribes of the Pacific Northwest, commercial fishing of certain kinds of salmon is limited to Native Americans
Recent Examples on the Web This movie also features a fun whodunnit plot as Amber and Richard attempt to solve the mystery of who steals an ancient peace treaty artifact keeping a 600-year-old truce intact between Aldovia and a visiting nation’s royal family. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "A Christmas Prince stars Rose McIver and Ben Lamb on returning for The Royal Baby," 5 Dec. 2019 When white settlers encroached on lands guaranteed by treaty to Creeks, the Native Americans appealed to Washington for help. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama Bicentennial: 200 years of political scandals and scrapes," 4 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, disarmament treaties between the U.S. and Russia are ending. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump Is Running Out of Time for a Meaningful Diplomatic Deal—Anywhere," 2 Dec. 2019 Normally, the 70th anniversary, like the 50th, would have been held in Washington, where the alliance’s founding treaty was signed, with three days of pomp, substance and a White House dinner. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "NATO Readies a 70th Birthday Party, With Low-Key Celebrations," 2 Dec. 2019 If the review committee approves designs, the organization will next focus on getting member countries to ratify an SKA treaty that forms an international legal entity that can collect funding and award contracts. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Giant radio telescope array prepares to begin construction in Australia and South Africa," 25 Nov. 2019 Doing so will signal awareness of the implications of commitments undertaken in the context of international treaties and help make the often incomprehensible provisions of a trade agreement seem more concrete. Landry Signé, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s Benin border closure is an early warning sign for the African free trade deal’s optimism," 2 Nov. 2019 Tribes have lost millions of acres of land through treaties broken by the U.S. government, by force and in exchange for federal services such as health care and education. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California tribe regains island it calls center of universe," 21 Oct. 2019 Of course renouncing treaties is more complex than simply not fulfilling a verbal promise. NBC News, "Trump recasts way U.S. deals with the world. And this is a big deal.," 22 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'treaty.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of treaty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for treaty

Middle English trete, from Anglo-French treté, from past participle of treter to discuss, treat

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about treaty

Time Traveler for treaty

Time Traveler

The first known use of treaty was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for treaty

Last Updated

10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Treaty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treaty. Accessed 13 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for treaty

treaty

noun
How to pronounce treaty (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of treaty

: an official agreement that is made between two or more countries or groups

treaty

noun
trea·​ty | \ ˈtrē-tē How to pronounce treaty (audio) \
plural treaties

Kids Definition of treaty

: an agreement between two or more states or sovereigns a peace treaty

treaty

noun
trea·​ty
plural treaties

Legal Definition of treaty

1 : the action of treating and especially of negotiating
2 : an agreement or arrangement made by negotiation: as
b : a contract in writing between two or more political authorities (as states or sovereigns) formally signed by representatives duly authorized and usually ratified by the lawmaking authority of the state the President…shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treatiesU.S. Constitution art. II — compare executive agreement
3 : a document embodying a negotiated agreement or contract
4 : an agreement or contract (as between companies) providing for treaty reinsurance

History and Etymology for treaty

Anglo-French treté, from Middle French traité, from Medieval Latin tractatus, from Latin, handling, treatment, from tractare to treat, handle

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on treaty

What made you want to look up treaty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

easily led, controlled, or managed

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!