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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)
1. See troop. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for troupe
  • Byrne added a troupe of three modern dancers to the onstage cast.
  • As the troupe became increasingly skilled, they began to discern the clever design of the armor.
  • They are a troupe of mimes and juggling clowns marching down a hill to distract local villagers from an unstoppable avalanche.
  • The variation from monkey to monkey might benefit an entire monkey troupe.
  • Sword-swallowers, fire-eaters, and contortionists make up the core of this troupe.
  • Previous performances by this pickup troupe have been well worth seeing, if uneven.
  • Their living quarters is a trailer which holds the entire troupe of five.
  • If you want to keep a modest tap troupe running for thirty years, it helps to have real estate.
  • The guests-all the males get turbans-fall in behind, borne along by the beat of a troupe of drummers.
  • Jane directs a local belly dance troupe that is known for their beautiful costumes and their involvement in local events.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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