(3 syl.). The prince of chivalry, one of the sons of Priam, killed by Achilles in the siege of Troy (Homer's Iliad). The loves of Troilus and Cressida, celebrated by Shakespeare and Chaucer, form no part of the old classic tale.
After all comparisons of truth ... As true as Troilus shall crown up the verse, And sanctify the numbers.
Troilus and Cressida, iii. 2.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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