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[troop] /trup/ Theater
a company, band, or group of singers, actors, or other performers, especially one that travels about.
verb (used without object), trouped, trouping.
to travel as a member of a theatrical company; barnstorm.
Origin of troupe
1815-25, Americanism; < French: troop
Can be confused
troop, troupe (see synonym study at troop)
Synonym Study
1. See troop. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for troupe
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  • She was expectin' to go with some troupe or other, but she never 'as.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • M. Binet did not appear to be in favour with his troupe that night.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • It's a sort of last will and testament in favour of the troupe.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • When Prue announced the make-up of her troupe there was a cyclone in her own home.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • His good spirits frisked about the table like a troupe of frolicsome puppies.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
British Dictionary definitions for troupe


a company of actors or other performers, esp one that travels
(intransitive) (esp of actors) to move or travel in a group
Word Origin
C19: from French; see troop
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Word Origin and History for troupe

1825, "company, band," from French troupe, from Middle French troupe "company" (see troop).

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