1 of 2


: company, troop
especially : a group of theatrical performers


2 of 2


trouped; trouping

intransitive verb

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

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
To stage right, a handful of dancers on stilts, members of the Agua, Sol y Serano troupe, stepped to the beat of Latin jazz. Daniel Kool,, 17 Sep. 2023 The new recruit’s struggle to embrace the radical vulnerability of the theater troupe becomes the central narrative of Sing Sing. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Sep. 2023 Donned in their colorful regalia, members of the touring dance troupe Indigenous Enterprise—including fancy dancers Kenneth Shirley and Dominic Pablo, and jingle dress dancer Acosia Red Elk—opened the collection with a vibrant, upbeat spirit. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2023 The city’s public safety team decided Friday at City Hall in Waukegan that rather than limit the two parades to 60 individuals each, the two processions will have 60 entrants like floats or dance troupes with 10 people each restoring the festivities to those of years past. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 14 Aug. 2023 The trailer includes commentary from fashion designers such as Donna Karan, as well as footage of the women with the late Gianni Versace and the fashionable troupe’s unmatched group energy. Dan Heching, CNN, 6 Sep. 2023 And Chicago’s sassiest troupe, Chicago Dance Crash, crossed the 20-year mark, welcoming new artistic and executive directors to lead the fusion hip hop and contemporary company into its third decade. Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 There are a few telltale markers: the unusually good sound quality, the absence of bystanders in a public setting like a mall or a restaurant, meandering back-and-forth dialogue that’s more reminiscent of an amateur college improv troupe than an actual exchange between human beings. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2023 The children’s drumming troupe, which earned host Terry Crews’ Golden Buzzer, won over the judges with its vivacious percussion routine. USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2023
What: Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party with opening meditation followed by karaoke and aerial acrobatics troupe MoonDrop Circus. Dan Kelly, kansascity, 3 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History



French, from Middle French — more at troop

First Known Use


1776, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of troupe was in 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Troupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a company or troop especially of stage performers


2 of 2 verb
trouped; trouping
: to travel in a troupe
: to perform as a member of a theatrical troupe
trouper noun

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