Definition of troth in English:

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Pronunciation: /trəʊθ/
Pronunciation: /trɒθ/


[mass noun]
1 archaic or formal Faith or loyalty when pledged in a solemn agreement or undertaking: a token of troth
More example sentences
  • By my troth, I love thee more than any other man can.
  • 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.
2 archaic Truth.
Example sentences
  • 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

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
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  • 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.
  • 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.


Middle English: variant of truth.

  • plight from Old English:

    In the traditional marriage ceremony the bride and groom each say ‘I plight thee my troth’, meaning ‘I pledge my word’. Plight means ‘to promise solemnly’, and pledge (Middle English) is probably a distant relative. Troth is an old variant of truth, meaning ‘giving your word’ and still preserved in betroth (Middle English). The other meaning of plight, ‘a predicament’, is from Old French plit ‘fold’, suggesting the idea of a difficult or complicated situation. Other words from plit include Middle English pliant (Late Middle English) literally ‘foldable’; and pliable (Late Middle English); pliers (mid 16th century) tools for bending things; and ply (Late Middle English) in the sense of ‘thickness’ as in plywood (early 20th century). (The other ply as in ply with drink, is simply a shortening of apply, see appliance). Pleat and plait (Middle English) are further relatives. Compliant (mid 17th century) looks as if it should be a relative, but its immediate source, to comply (early 17th century), originally came from Latin complere ‘to fulfil, accomplish’, although compliant later developed senses influenced by its similarity to pliant.

Words that rhyme with troth

both, growth, loath, oath, quoth, sloth, Thoth

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