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.

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

truceless, adjective

3. lull, pause, rest, stay. Unabridged
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truce (truːs)
1.  an agreement to stop fighting, esp temporarily
2.  temporary cessation of something unpleasant
[C13: from the plural of Old English treowtrow; see true, trust]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., triws, variant of trewes, originally plural of trewe "faith, assurance of faith, covenant, treaty," from O.E. treow "faith, treaty," from P.Gmc. *trewwo (cf. O.Fris. triuwe, M.Du. trouwe, Du. trouw, O.H.G. triuwa, Ger. treue, Goth. triggwa "faith, faithfulness"). Related to O.E. treowe "faithful"
(see true). The Germanic word was borrowed into L.L. as tregua, hence Fr. trève, It. tregua. Trucial States, the pre-1971 name of the United Arab Emirates, is attested from 1891, in ref. to the 1835 maritime truce between Britain and the Arab sheiks of Oman.
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Example sentences
So there was scope for further strife, even after the two sides signed that truce.
Fiat claims to have no interest in renewing that truce.
A truce was negotiated that put a former baathist general in complete charge of the town.
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