\ 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 In addition to human performers, nearly 50 different animals, including Indian elephant Sandra, eight camels, five zebras, three ponies and 32 horses, make up the members of the troupe. Justin Spike, Star Tribune, "Hungarian traveling circus stays fit for post-COVID opening," 27 Apr. 2021 And the sixth program of the troupe’s digital spring season, available on its website from Friday to Tuesday, is all Ashton. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 22 Apr. 2021 Two members of the troupe were killed, and Ms. Wallenda’s brother Mario was paralyzed. Washington Post, "Carla Wallenda, matriarch of daredevil family of high-wire performers, dies at 85," 10 Mar. 2021 Carla Wallenda, a member of the Flying Wallendas high-wire act and the last surviving child of the famed troupe’s founder, has died. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A crucial pandemic (and presidential) moment," 9 Mar. 2021 In honor of the troupe’s 35th anniversary, DanceCleveland will join with Cuyahoga Community College, the University of Minnesota, and the Joyce Theater Foundation to present a live-stream concert from New York’s Joyce Theater. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "DanceCleveland’s February calendar includes Ronald K. Brown livestream, plus ‘Untold Secrets of the Heart Chamber’ dance film," 12 Feb. 2021 Shot with a troupe of non-actors playing versions of themselves and awe-inspiring cinematography, Nomadland quietly observes the harsh reality that undermines any idea of the American dream. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, "How to Watch 'Nomadland,' Frances McDormand's Contemplative New Movie," 19 Feb. 2021 Funded by a patron, Rebekah Harkness, the troupe was transformed into the Harkness Ballet. New York Times, "Charlene Gehm, Protean Dancer With the Joffrey, Dies at 69," 22 Jan. 2021 The production features Ballet Philippines principal dancer Denise Parungao as the Sugar Plum Fairy and a troupe of local dancers. Will Coviello,, "Upcoming New Orleans holiday shows and attractions," 14 Dec. 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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1 May 2021

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“Troupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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