\ 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

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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Among this troupe was Arielle Charnas, Casey Fremont, Athena Calderone, and Selby Drummond. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Zimmermann Kicks Off Fashion Week With a Ladylike Dinner," 6 Feb. 2019 This year’s edition, which began on Tuesday and continues through next week, features five troupes. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Ballet Today, the Good and the Bad, on Display at the Joyce," 29 June 2018 Playwright Mac Rogers loosely adapts it, and local troupe Quantum Dragon Theatre presents its West Coast premiere., "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, June 29," 28 June 2018 Members of Adrian Danzig’s professional clown troupe bumble and stumble as waiters at Rita’s café. John Von Rhein,, "Chicago Opera Theater brings flair to comic, serious Donizetti one-acters," 15 Apr. 2018 North Korea has already suggested that unlike the athletes, Hyon’s troupe will travel through Panmunjom, a border village where the truce halting the Korean War was signed in 1953. Choe Sang-hun, The Seattle Times, "Media frenzy greets popular North Korean singer leading delegation to South," 21 Jan. 2018 Instead, the hot ticket is Youth, a film depicting the triumphs and trevails of a group of young girls in a Chinese military performing arts troupe during the Cultural Revolution. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Hollywood's China Challenge," 6 Jan. 2018 The avant-garde Group Motion dance troupe of Philadelphia does more than dance. Nancy G. Heller,, "Group Motion, Philly's modern dance innovator, throws itself a 50th birthday bash for the ages," 27 June 2018 In college, Wong was in a comedy and theater troupe founded by Park and then became a writer on Fresh Off the Boat. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Always Be My Maybe," 24 Apr. 2019

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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


\ 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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