\ˈtrüs \

Definition of truce 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a suspension of fighting especially of considerable duration by agreement of opposing forces : armistice, cease-fire

2 : a respite especially from a disagreeable or painful state or action


truced; trucing

Definition of truce (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a truce

transitive verb

: to end with a truce

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Synonyms for truce

Synonyms: Noun

armistice, cease-fire

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Examples of truce in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mr Trump endorsed his candidacy, though their truce is unlikely to hold. The Economist, "Politics this week," 22 Feb. 2018 In 2015, the United States and China agreed to a digital truce that banned hacking private companies to steal trade secrets. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "China Escalates Hacks Against the US as Trade Tensions Rise," 22 June 2018 The rising tide of lawsuits by car windshield replacement companies against auto insurers has apparently crested — a result, plaintiff’s attorneys say, of pricing truces between insurers and independent glass shops. Ron Hurtibise,, "Windshield lawsuits drop statewide; now barely a blip in South Florida," 6 July 2018 India’s army declared a truce in its fight against separatists in the Kashmir Valley. The Economist, "Politics this week," 24 May 2018 The most uncivilised and barren modern habit is to negotiate a present truce among family and friends for Christmas, or to stipulate nothing costing more than a tenner. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 Martin confirmed Sempra officials met with Elliott and Bluescape representatives earlier this week, which led some to think a truce could be worked out. Rob Nikolewski,, "Sempra selling some of its assets — but activist investors appear unmoved," 28 June 2018 Most of the men there were veterans of the war that began June 25, 1950, when North Korea’s army invaded South Korea, and that halted three years later in a tense, armed truce that has lasted for 65 years. Carl Nolte,, "Veterans commemorating Korean War voice cautious hope for long-delayed peace," 25 June 2018 Colonel Hwang Myong Jin stands inside the museum of the armistice agreement between North and South Korea at the truce village at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas in Panmunjom, North Korea, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Washington Post, "North Korean side of DMZ sounds quieter now, even peaceful," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of truce


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for truce


Middle English trewes, plural of trewe agreement, from Old English trēow fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of truce

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


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Kids Definition of truce

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

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