[ trawth, trohth ]
/ trɔθ, troʊθ /


faithfulness, fidelity, or loyalty: by my troth.
truth or verity: in troth.
one's word or promise, especially in engaging oneself to marry.

Origin of troth

1125–75; Middle English trowthe, trouthe, variant of treuthe, Old English trēowth. See truth
Related formstroth·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for troth


/ (trəʊθ) /

noun archaic

a pledge or oath of fidelity, esp a betrothal
truth (esp in the phrase in troth)
loyalty; fidelity

Word Origin for troth

Old English trēowth; related to Old High German gitriuwida loyalty; see truth
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Word Origin and History for troth



late 12c., from a phonetic variant of Old English treowð "faithfulness, truth" (see truth). Restricted to Midlands and Northern England dialect after 16c., and to certain archaic phrases (e.g. plight one's troth). Cf. also betroth.

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