from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A temporary cessation or suspension of hostilities by agreement of the opposing sides; an armistice.
  • n. A respite from a disagreeable state of affairs.
  • transitive v. To end or be ended with a truce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a period of time in which no fighting takes place due to an agreement between the opposed parties
  • n. an agreement between opposed parties in which they pledge to cease fighting for a limited time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A suspension of arms by agreement of the commanders of opposing forces; a temporary cessation of hostilities, for negotiation or other purpose; an armistice.
  • n. Hence, intermission of action, pain, or contest; temporary cessation; short quiet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An intermission of hostilities; specifically, a temporary cessation or suspension of hostilities mutually agreed upon by the commanders of two opposing forces, generally for some stipulated period, to admit of negotiation, or for some other purpose.
  • n. Respite; temporary quiet or intermission of action, pain, contest, or the like.
  • n. Reconciliation; peace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms


Middle English trewes, pl. of trewe, treaty, pledge, from Old English trēow; see deru- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English trewes, triwes, trues, plural of trewe, triewe, true ‘faithfulness, assurance, pact’, from Old English trēowa, singularized plural of trēowe, from Proto-Germanic *trewwō (compare Dutch trouw, German Treue, Danish tro), noun form of *trewwjaz ‘trusty, faithful’. More at true. (Wiktionary)



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