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Definition of troy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: expressed in troy weight


geographical name
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Definition of Troy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or Ilium \ ˈi-​lē-​əm How to pronounce Ilium (audio) \ or Troja \ ˈtrō-​jə How to pronounce Troja (audio) , -​yə \ ancient city in northwestern Asia Minor in Troas southwest of the Dardanelles — see also trojan entry 1 sense 1
2 city in southeastern Michigan north of Detroit population 80,980
3 city in eastern New York on the Hudson River north-northeast of Albany population 50,129

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most actively traded gold futures for December delivery slid 1.7% to $1,944.70 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Recovering Dollar Dents Gold and Silver Prices," 2 Sep. 2020 Front-month gold futures for delivery in June rose 0.6% to $1,756.70 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, closing just below their highest level since October 2012. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Prices Near New High Amid Virus Uncertainty," 22 June 2020 Front-month silver futures advanced 2.5% to $17.892 a troy ounce Tuesday, extending a recent rally. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Soaring Silver Attracts Investors," 19 May 2020 During the classical gold standard era—from 1879 to 1914 in the US—one troy ounce of gold fetched $21. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 The firm targets a $1,300 a troy ounce price for gold by year-end. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Gold Prices Fall on Stronger Dollar," 30 Apr. 2018 Prices recovered 4% to $846.30 a troy ounce Tuesday. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Platinum Sinks to Near-Decade Low After Threat of Auto Tariffs," 4 July 2018 Prices for gold, a popular destination for nervous investors, hit $1,342 a troy ounce Tuesday evening after economic adviser Gary Cohn’s resignation from the White House stoked worries about the impact of steel and aluminum tariffs on global growth. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Trade War Fears Pressure Metals Prices," 7 Mar. 2018 Today’s stacks need only 10 grams (a third of a troy ounce) of platinum. The Economist, "Difference EngineElectric vehicles powered by fuel-cells get a second look," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of troy


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for troy


Middle English troye, probably from Troyes, France

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“Troy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troy. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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