Flag of truce
Truce Truce, n. [OE. trewes, triwes, treowes, pl. of trewe a truce, properly, pledge of fidelity, truth, AS. tre['o]w fidelity, faith, troth. See {True}.] 1. (Mil.) A suspension of arms by agreement of the commanders of opposing forces; a temporary cessation of hostilities, for negotiation or other purpose; an armistice. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, intermission of action, pain, or contest; temporary cessation; short quiet. [1913 Webster]

Where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Flag of truce} (Mil.), a white flag carried or exhibited by one of the hostile parties, during the flying of which hostilities are suspended.

{Truce of God}, a suspension of arms promulgated by the church, which occasionally took place in the Middle Ages, putting a stop to private hostilities at or within certain periods. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flag of truce — noun a white flag indicating a desire for a truce …   English new terms dictionary

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  • flag of truce — A white flag displayed by one of two belligerent parties to notify the other party that communication and a cessation of hostilities are desired …   Black's law dictionary

  • flag of truce — Mil. a white flag displayed as an invitation to the enemy to confer, or carried as a sign of peaceful intention by one sent to deal with the enemy. [1620 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • flag of truce — Date: 1582 a white flag carried or displayed to an enemy as an invitation to conference or parley …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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