Definition of troth in English:



mass nounarchaic
  • 1formal Faith or loyalty when pledged in a solemn agreement or undertaking.

    ‘a token of troth’
    • ‘He also assesses critically the corrosive ideology of transient troth and individual gratification that has driven a good deal of this contemporary pathos.’
    • ‘By my troth, I love thee more than any other man can.’
    • ‘Still, breaking her troth would be difficult, but not impossible.’
    • ‘But even these elements derive their efficacy from the fullness of grace and troth entrusted to the Catholic Church.’
    • ‘The arch-bishop himself, Æthelnoth, came from Canterbury to witness our troth; I could scarce raise my eyes to him, knowing as he must every blemish of my soul.’
    promise, pledge, vow, avowal, oath, word, word of honour, solemn word, guarantee, assurance
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  • 2Truth.

    • ‘If you haven't guessed by now the answer is located here, gentle readers, and I do beg thy pardon if I spake not in troth.’
    • ‘We have much to be thoroughly ashamed of if, in troth, we bear the burdens of one another.’
    • ‘And he might have, had Nathan not used a fiction to flush the troth out of hiding.’


  • pledge (or plight) one's troth

    • archaic, formal Make a solemn pledge of commitment or loyalty, especially in marriage.

      ‘I solemnly pledge my troth’
      ‘I watched her plight her troth to him’
      ‘in December they will plight their troth at the register office’
      • ‘Based on extremely unscientific assumptions, I'm sure that getting married aboard used to be about escaping from all the wedding hassles and family politics, and plighting your troth in romantic seclusion.’
      • ‘Famous as a destination for eloping couples to tie the knot, Gretna Green is still as popular as it was back in 1754, when it became the first stop over the border where rebellious young English lovers could legally pledge their troth.’
      • ‘You've finally done it - tied the knot, taken the plunge, plighted your troth, joined in holy matrimony.’
      • ‘‘I think the governor has to be given on opportunity to plight his troth to the electorate of California,’ she said.’
      • ‘Couples visit the church all year round to renew their wedding vows and pledge their troth in front of the large aquarium before the altar in which St Valentine's mortal remains (shin bones and a few ribs) are kept.’
      marry, be married, get married, be wed, become husband and wife, become man and wife, pledge one's troth, plight one's troth
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Middle English: variant of truth.