[ troop ]
/ trup /


a company, band, or group of singers, actors, or other performers, especially one that travels about.

verb (used without object), trouped, troup·ing.

to travel as a member of a theatrical company; barnstorm.

Origin of troupe

1815–25, Americanism; < French: troop
Can be confusedtroop troupe (see synonym study at troop)

Synonym study

1. See troop. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for troupe


/ (truːp) /


a company of actors or other performers, esp one that travels


(intr) (esp of actors) to move or travel in a group

Word Origin for troupe

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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