verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

British Military. to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
Obsolete. to assemble or form into a troop or troops.

Nearby words

  1. trondheim,
  2. trondheim fiord,
  3. trondhjemite,
  4. trone,
  5. tronk,
  6. troop carrier,
  7. trooper,
  8. troopship,
  9. troostite,
  10. troostitic

Origin of troop

1535–45; < French troupe, Old French trope, probably back formation from tropel herd, flock (French troupeau), equivalent to trop- (< Germanic; see thorp) + -elLatin -ellus diminutive suffix

Related formsin·ter·troop, adjective

Can be confusedtroop troupe (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonym study

1. See company. 8. Troop, troupe both mean a band, company, or group. Troop has various meanings as indicated in the definitions above. With the spelling troupe the word has the specialized meaning of a company of actors, singers, acrobats, or other performers. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for troop

British Dictionary definitions for troop



a large group or assembly; flocka troop of children
a subdivision of a cavalry squadron or artillery battery of about platoon size
(plural) armed forces; soldiers
a large group of Scouts comprising several patrols
an archaic spelling of troupe


(intr) to gather, move, or march in or as if in a crowd
(tr) military, mainly British to parade (the colour or flag) ceremoniallytrooping the colour
(tr) British military slang (formerly) to report (a serviceman) for a breach of discipline
(intr) an archaic word for consort (def. 1)

Word Origin for troop

C16: from French troupe, from troupeau flock, of Germanic origin

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Word Origin and History for troop
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