\ ˈtrüp How to pronounce troupe (audio) \

Definition of troupe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: company, troop especially : a group of theatrical performers


trouped; trouping

Definition of troupe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to travel in a troupe also : to perform as a member of a theatrical troupe

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Synonyms for troupe

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of troupe in a Sentence

Noun I desperately want to join our regional theater's acting troupe and perhaps get a lead role.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Kermit, being a performer as well as the troupe’s leader and The Muppet Show’s master of ceremonies, can’t help taking it personally. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, "The Muppet Show Must Go On," 19 Feb. 2021 The troupe also does corporate functions and cruise ship gigs, too. New York Times, "For Two Cloggers, 20 Years to Get in Step and Get Married," 19 Feb. 2021 The Walker Roaders -- an all-star troupe featuring members of the Pogues, Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys -- plays virtually at 8 p.m. from Gold Diggers in Hollywood. Gary Graff, cleveland, "CeCe Winans, Todd Rundgren, BTS top this week’s streaming concerts," 17 Feb. 2021 Aguilera’s songwriter, Heather Holley, writes the troupe’s music. Los Angeles Times, "A COVID-era balancing act for survival at world-famous Le Petit Cirque," 17 Jan. 2021 Artistic Director Cassandra Shore, who since founding the troupe in 1989 has worked to blend traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern dance forms, will be joined by four other dancers. Star Tribune, "Live and vitual entertainment picks: Fleetwood Mac tribute, Westside, Jawaahir dance, MNspin fest," 14 Jan. 2021 The troupe originally was slated to dance on the Carver stage on March 20, 2020, a date that had to be moved because of shutdowns designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Deborah Martin,, "Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio cancels Hiplet Ballerinas performance due to coronavirus surge," 13 Jan. 2021 That venue had fans and detractors, as noted by Orlando Sentinel theater critic Elizabeth Maupin in 2001, while the troupe’s new Lowndes Shakespeare Center was being renovated. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Shakes will return to Lake Eola roots," 12 Nov. 2020 And, as the principal told Hewitt, that meant the troupe’s debut performance — along with those scheduled to take place over the next few nights — was canceled. Angela Roberts,, "‘Have Some Hope With Me’: Century High School Opening Knights prepare to debut ‘Quarantine Cabaret’," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What: Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party with opening meditation followed by karaoke and aerial acrobatics troupe MoonDrop Circus. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "The mega list of solar eclipse events in Kansas City area," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of troupe


1776, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for troupe


French, from Middle French — more at troop

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2 Mar 2021

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“Troupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of troupe

: a group of actors, singers, etc., who work together


\ ˈtrüp How to pronounce troupe (audio) \

Kids Definition of troupe

: a group especially of performers who act or work together a troupe of acrobats

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