\ ˈtrüp \

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

company, troop

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Examples of troupe in a Sentence


I desperately want to join our regional theater's acting troupe and perhaps get a lead role.

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References to clowns, those happy/sad jesters of these traveling troupes, extended beyond the makeup to the clothes, some of which featured ruffs and harlequin patterns. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fashion Loves a Clown: Here, 24 Big Top Looks That Prove It From Dior Haute Couture to Alexander McQueen," 21 Jan. 2019 The troupe, founded in 2012 by Fernando Sáez, Daileidys Carrazana and Osnet Delgado, aims to offer the work of international choreographers as well as to encourage new voices in Cuban choreography. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "Fleet-Footed Cultural Ambassadors," 14 Jan. 2019 Not every artistic innovation Freud has initiated since his arrival in 2011 has proved wildly successful (Lyric Unlimited’s collaborations with the Second City troupe, for example), and there’s nothing wrong with that. John Von Rhein,, "Lyric's 2018-19 season: Italian favorites and 'West Side Story'," 6 Feb. 2018 As models walked the runway, a troupe of acrobats from the all-female circus company Mimbre performed alongside the looks. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Had Live Acrobats Perform on Its Couture Runway," 22 Jan. 2019 One of the most innovative and engaging dancers ever to lace up a tap shoe, Michelle Dorrance heads back to the Pillow with her troupe., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 Norman Jewison's 1973 film version framed the material as a countercultural theater troupe arriving by bus in a Middle Eastern desert to perform the musical Passion Play. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert': TV Review," 2 Apr. 2018 Kulig plays Zula, a girl from the countryside who auditions for the Mazurek Ensemble, a troupe devoted to the performance of traditional folk music and, eventually, pro-Stalin propaganda. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Joanna Kulig, the Dazzling Star of Cold War, Is About to Have a Very Big Year," 10 Dec. 2018 The troupe will make stops in over 60 cities and end with one final performance on March 9, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'Dancing With the Stars' Tour Sounds Especially Amazing This Year," 19 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of troupe

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


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Kids Definition of troupe

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

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