Definition of troth in US English:



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

    ‘a token of troth’
    • ‘Still, breaking her troth would be difficult, but not impossible.’
    • ‘He also assesses critically the corrosive ideology of transient troth and individual gratification that has driven a good deal of this contemporary pathos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By my troth, I love thee more than any other man can.’
    • ‘But even these elements derive their efficacy from the fullness of grace and troth entrusted to the Catholic Church.’
    promise, pledge, vow, avowal, oath, word, word of honour, solemn word, guarantee, assurance
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  • 2Truth.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • pledge (or plight) one's troth

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.