\ ˈtrȯi How to pronounce troy (audio) \

Definition of troy

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: expressed in troy weight


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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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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 According to the World Gold Council, total gold stocks amount to approximately six billion troy ounces, or $7.3 trillion at today's price. Lorcan Roche Kelly,, "And a Bitcoin Is Now Worth...," 12 May 2017 Gold for February delivery closed down 0.7% at $1,189.80, a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Ed Ballard, WSJ, "Gold Falls as Stocks Gain," 26 Jan. 2017 Gold for June delivery was recently off 1.5% at $1,230 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, on track for the biggest loss since December. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Metals: Gold On Track For Biggest Loss of 2017 Ahead of Health-Care Vote," 4 May 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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