troop·​ship ˈtrüp-ˌship How to pronounce troopship (audio)
: a ship or aircraft for carrying troops : transport

Examples of troopship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the National Museum of American History, Key watched the 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry from aboard a British troopship. Sarah Al-Arshani, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 The answer is, in part, that the Spanish-flu pandemic was so braided together with the end of the First World War, which accelerated its spread (most brutally on troopships headed home), that one calamity was buried under another, more photogenic one. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 One of the most famous ghost stories is that of a former crew member who died during the ship's service as a troopship. Joe Sills, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 In 1989, when a steep increase in drug arrests filled the Rikers Island jail complex, the city used a converted British troopship as a prison barge to house inmates and docked it in the Bay Ridge neighborhood in Brooklyn. Andy Newman, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2022 In early January, 1945, General Douglas MacArthur landed with an enormous invasion force on Luzon, the largest of the Philippine islands; Mailer, after waiting in a troopship, went ashore a few weeks later. David Denby, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2022 My family spent less than five months living in the classroom of a former private school, a brief way station before sailing on a converted U.S troopship to New York and ultimately starting their lives over on a New Jersey chicken farm. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2020 In the hours of darkness, a mighty concentration of ships, troopships, supply ships, warships, moved quietly up the Channel and made their rendezvous in the Bay of the Seine. Time, 6 June 2019 In May 1946, Richard Wright, his wife, Ellen, and their daughter, Julia, left New York Harbor on board the SS Brazil, an old cargo boat transformed into a troopship and now a passenger liner. Longreads, 10 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of troopship was in 1800

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“Troopship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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