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  1. a ship for the conveyance of military troops; transport.
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Origin of troopship

First recorded in 1860–65; troop + ship1
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Examples from the Web for troopship

Historical Examples

  • And splices them on to the jibsail-boom like a troopship on the tide.

    The Battle of the Bays

    Owen Seaman

  • The troopship had arrived and we were to embark on the morrow.

    A Soldier's Life

    Edwin G. Rundle

  • Leonora ought never to have been on that troopship; but she got there somehow, as an economy.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • As a troopship we are restricted in liberty and comfort to some extent.

    While I Remember

    Stephen McKenna

  • He was promoted for the purpose of placing him in command of the troopship.

British Dictionary definitions for troopship


  1. a ship, usually a converted merchant ship, used to transport military personnel
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