[ troos ]
/ trus /


a suspension of hostilities for a specified period of time by mutual agreement of the warring parties; cease-fire; armistice.
an agreement or treaty establishing this.
a temporary respite, as from trouble or pain.

Origin of truce

1175–1225; Middle English trewes, plural of trewe, Old English trēow belief, pledge, treaty. See trow

Related forms

truce·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for truce


/ (truːs) /


an agreement to stop fighting, esp temporarily
temporary cessation of something unpleasant

Word Origin for truce

C13: from the plural of Old English treow trow; see true, trust
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