troth

1 of 2

noun

ˈträth How to pronounce troth (audio)
ˈtrȯth,
ˈtrōth,
 or with  t͟h
1
: loyal or pledged faithfulness : fidelity
pledged my troth
2
: one's pledged word
I don't remember the details or, by my troth, even the gistStanley Elkin
also : betrothal

troth

2 of 2

verb

trothed; trothing; troths

Example Sentences

Noun by my troth, I will not trespass on your precious property solemnly announced their troth before the church's congregation Verb I troth myself eternally to your service.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But these and more than 100 other representatives elected to pledge their troth to a man over the ideals of this nation. Star Tribune, 11 Dec. 2020 After all, every suitor pledging troth is a struggling actor. Armond White, National Review, 28 Feb. 2020 Every-where, love tokens are as traditional as plighting your troth, or just expressing an interest. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, 4 July 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English trouth, from Old English trēowth — more at truth

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of troth was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Troth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troth. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

troth

1 of 2 noun
ˈträth How to pronounce troth (audio) ˈtrȯth How to pronounce troth (audio)
ˈtrōth,
 or with  t͟h
1
2
: one's pledged word
also : betrothal

troth

2 of 2 verb

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