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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 Troy (audio) \ or Troja \ ˈtrō-​jə How to pronounce Troy (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, 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, 22 June 2020 Front-month silver futures advanced 2.5% to $17.892 a troy ounce Tuesday, extending a recent rally. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 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, 3 July 2019 The firm targets a $1,300 a troy ounce price for gold by year-end. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2018 Prices recovered 4% to $846.30 a troy ounce Tuesday. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 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, 7 Mar. 2018 Today’s stacks need only 10 grams (a third of a troy ounce) of platinum. The Economist, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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