\ˈtrüp \

Definition of troop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group of soldiers

b : a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company

c troops plural : armed forces, soldiers

2 : a collection of people or things : crew sense 2

3 : a flock of mammals or birds

4 : the basic organizational unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts under an adult leader


trooped; trooping; troops

Definition of troop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move or gather in crowds

2 : to go one's way : walk

3 : to spend time together : associate

4 : to move in large numbers

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Synonyms for troop

Synonyms: Noun

armed forces, colors, military, service

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Examples of troop in a Sentence


Where is his troop heading? a plan to withdraw troops a troop of enthusiastic children


We all trooped back inside. The kids trooped off to school.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Proceeds will benefit the organization’s mission to support American troops and their families. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Arcada Theatre in St. Charles to show World Cup final on its big screen," 11 July 2018 Two cavalry troops and a company of marines were included., "July 4, 1917: San Diego Honors New Citizens," 4 July 2018 Though girls will be fully integrated in February, troops and dens will not be co-ed, said Matt Armstrong, director of marketing and communications for the Boy Scout's Heart of America Council. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "More than 100 Kansas City girls have joined Cub Scouts. Here's why," 25 June 2018 Residents also have their pick of youth baseball leagues and gymnastics centers, scout troops and karate dojos — a host of activities, independent and city-run, in which the wee ones can experiment and find their respective grooves. A.d. Thompson,, "Oviedo Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 No police or troops were charged, Amnesty International said in a report, The Associated Press reported. Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News, "Central America's violence, turmoil keeps driving families to U.S. border," 20 June 2018 Foal Eagle involves field maneuvers with about 11,500 U.S. troops and 290,000 South Koreans typically participating. Dan Lamothe,, "Pentagon suspends 'war game' with South Korea after Trump's meeting with Kim," 18 June 2018 Syrian troops and their allies have been conducting operations against the Islamic State group east of the Euphrates river while the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are on the offensive against IS on the east banks., "US-led Coalition Hits Syrian Army Post, Causing Casualties," 18 June 2018 The Chinese government has repeatedly chafed under the web of US alliances that spreads across the Asia region, and East Asia in particular, where American troops and military hardware are posted in both Japan and South Korea. Ben Westcott, Brad Lendon And Matt Rivers, CNN, "Ending the US-South Korea war games would be a win for Beijing," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dignitaries and members of the public trooped to a microphone to welcome the board, and to warn it of the work ahead., "Local control is here: New Philly school board holds first-ever meeting," 9 July 2018 The head coach and some parents trooped to the cave around 9 p.m. and saw the boys’ bicycles outside, then alerted officials. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Their mythical enemy defeated, the warriors take their bows and troop off stage, to be replaced by a lone singer less than 3 ft. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018 Different tasks are assigned to us, nothing at all taxing or anxiety-inducing, just a little bit of choral reading, scenic assistance and trooping about. Charles Mcnulty,, "SITI Company and Ann Hamilton set sail for Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'," 30 Apr. 2018 At one point, though, the students in his class on Friday morning who were at the game trooped down the first base line to greet their teacher. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'I deeply care for my students': Teacher Jason Seaman speaks after Noblesville school shooting," 28 May 2018 McCain is among the most hawkish Republicans in the Senate and was an ardent supporter of the George W. Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq and a later US troop surge. Tara Golshan, Vox, "John McCain’s shocking concession on the Iraq War: it was a “mistake”," 25 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine a teenage KKW and her perfectly contoured visage trooping off each day to the all-girls Catholic Marymount High School in Los Angeles with a completely bare face. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Was Once a Catholic School Student Who Couldn't Wear Makeup—Except on the Weekends," 17 May 2018 Some of the larger accounts call in orders, but not many individuals are trooping from Downtown Brooklyn for a pen or roll of Scotch tape. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Reinvention of a Fountain Pen Purveyor," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of troop


1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for troop


Middle French trope, troupe company, herd, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English thorp, throp village — more at thorp

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Phrases Related to troop

ground forces/troops

rally the troops

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English Language Learners Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of soldiers

troops : soldiers in a group

: a group of people or things



English Language Learners Definition of troop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk somewhere in a group


\ˈtrüp \

Kids Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of soldiers

2 troops plural : armed forces : military

3 : a group of beings or things Troops of fans turned out for the game.

4 : a unit of boy or girl scouts under a leader


trooped; trooping

Kids Definition of troop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or gather in groups … the penguins trooped past him.— Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins

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