- Conformable to fact; in accordance with the actual state of things; correct; not false, erroneous, inaccurate, or the like; as, a true relation or narration; a true history; a declaration is true when it states the facts.
- Right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern; exact; accurate; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the original."Making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time." [Sir W. Scott.]
- Steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince, or the like; unwavering; faithful; loyal; not false, fickle, or perfidious; as, a true friend; a wife true to her husband; an officer true to his charge."Thy so true, So faithful, love unequaled." [Milton.]"Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie." [Herbert.]
- Actual; not counterfeit, adulterated, or pretended; genuine; pure; real; as, true balsam; true love of country; a true Christian."The true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." [John i. 9.]" True ease in writing comes from art, not chance." [Pope.]
- [Biol] Genuine; real; not deviating from the essential characters of a class; as, a lizard is a true reptile; a whale is a true, but not a typical, mammal.
Note: ☞ True is sometimes used elliptically for It is true.
Etymology: OE. trewe, AS. treówe faithful, true, from treów fidelity, faith, troth; akin to OFries. triuwe, adj., treuwa, n., OS. triuwi, adj., trewa, n., D. trouw, adj. & n., G. treu, adj., treue, n., OHG. gitriuwi, adj., triuwa (n.), Icel. tryggr, adj., Dan. tro, adj. & n., Sw. trogen, adj., tro, n., Goth. triggws, adj., triggwa, n., trauan to trust, OPruss druwis faith. Cf. Trow Trust Truth