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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 The special, 'The First Temptation of Christ,' from a popular Brazilian comedy troupe, has outraged conservative Christians by poking fun at religious pieties and the Catholic Church with a gay Jesus and a pot-smoking Mary. Ela Bittencourt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Brazilian Religious Groups Threaten Boycott Over Netflix Christmas Special With Gay Jesus," 17 Dec. 2019 Presented by a troupe called The Golden Gays NYC, the production stars a comedy trio in drag re-creating Blanche, Dorothy and Rose. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Nutcrackers, Christmas concerts and shows to get into the mistletoe mood," 4 Dec. 2019 The room echoes with claps and shouts as a troupe whirls around me. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Unlikely New Dance Scene Sweeping Istanbul," 4 Dec. 2019 The Pussycat Dolls were initially founded as a burlesque troupe in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin. Eric Todisco,, "They're Back! Pussycat Dolls Give First Live Performance in 10 Years on U.K.'s The X Factor," 1 Dec. 2019 Tsukasa Taiko, a multigenerational troupe dedicated to the art of Japanese drumming, offers its own thundering December tradition. Web Behrens,, "40 things to do in the Chicago area with the kids in December," 24 Nov. 2019 When Zoe Emilie Henrot was abruptly dismissed as artistic director of the St. Paul Ballet, almost the entire company followed her out the door and formed a new troupe called Ballet. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: It’s not all Nutcracker, but there’s plenty of that tradition … and tap on tap," 23 Nov. 2019 In a troupe known for its precision speaking in unison and attention to vocabulary, more than once the wrong word came out of someone’s mouth. Matthew J. Palm,, "‘Phantasmagoria: Reckoning’: Things go bump in the night | Review," 20 Oct. 2019 The protest included a traditional Aztec dance as well as a performance from a troupe from the Mudra Dance Studio in Aurora. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Hundreds gather at Aurora ICE facility to protest and rally," 21 Sep. 2019 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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The first known use of troupe was in 1776

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“Troupe.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce troupe (audio)

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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