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  1. a company, band, or group of singers, actors, or other performers, especially one that travels about.
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verb (used without object), trouped, troup·ing.
  1. to travel as a member of a theatrical company; barnstorm.
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Origin of troupe

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

Synonym study

1. See troop.
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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.


    Rafael Sabatini

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


    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


  1. a company of actors or other performers, esp one that travels
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  1. (intr) (esp of actors) to move or travel in a group
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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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