Main meanings of troy in English

: troy1Troy2


Pronunciation /trɔɪ/

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(also troy weight)
  • A system of weights used mainly for precious metals and gems, with a pound of 12 ounces or 5,760 grains.

    Compare with avoirdupois

    as modifier ‘gold closed at $332.5 a troy ounce’
    • ‘pounds troy’
    • ‘One troy pound weighs 373.25 g and is subdivided into troy ounces, pennyweight and grains (gr, 24 in a pennyweight).’
    • ‘My personal estimate is that this might price monetary-reserve gold at somewhere between US $800 and US $1,000 a troy ounce; I may be underestimating the price, but the estimate illustrates the point.’
    • ‘Gold had a glittering year, up nearly 6% to $452.85 a troy ounce at the end of November, as investors frightened by the dollar's slide scrambled to secure this so-called safe haven.’
    • ‘They are shares that move in line with the gold price; a share is equivalent to a tenth of a troy ounce of gold.’
    • ‘The troy and apothecary systems have pounds that are only 5,250 grains.’


Late Middle English from a weight used at the fair of Troyes (see Troyes).

Main meanings of Troy in English

: troy1Troy2


Pronunciation /trɔɪ/

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proper noun

  • (in Homeric legend) the city of King Priam, besieged for ten years by the Greeks during the Trojan War. It was regarded as having been a purely legendary city until Heinrich Schliemann identified the mound of Hissarlik on the north-east Aegean coast of Turkey as the site of Troy. The city was apparently sacked and destroyed by fire in the mid 13th century BC, a period coinciding with the Mycenaean civilization of Greece.

    Also called Ilium