\ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Cleveland Opera: This stalwart opera troupe led by Dorota Sobieska has two major projects on its plate for the 2019-20 season. Zachary Lewis,, "Don’t be bored! Cleveland teems with vocal, chamber, and orchestral music in 2019-20," 13 Sep. 2019 Light Balance Kids An offshoot of the Ukrainian light-up dance troupe Light Balance, which placed third in AGT‘s 12th season, this act is another group of kids with big dreams. Tyler Aquilina,, "Everything you need to know about the America's Got Talent season 14 finalists," 12 Sep. 2019 The scrappy professional women’s wrestling troupe has moved to Las Vegas for a three-month residency at the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino, and the wear of repeating things is starting to show. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "GLOW Goes Post-plot," 8 Aug. 2019 The fact these troupes no longer have to worry about finding space in New York City’s ever-pricey real-estate market is at the heart of the initiative, Theatre Row officials said. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Generation of Theater Troupes to Get a Boost," 10 July 2019 The Texas troupe returns to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for a night of contemporary dance., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 This all comes to a head in one of the season’s most triumphant moments in the finale, when Arthie officially comes out to the rest of the troupe. Pilot Viruet, Vox, "GLOW season 3 loses some of its trademark fun amid all the bloat," 13 Aug. 2019 Zula sees Wiktor sitting in the audience and is briefly thrown off, finishing a dance routine half a beat behind the rest of the troupe. Giles Harvey, Harper's magazine, "Home Truths," 10 Jan. 2019 Hauer spent five years with a small troupe bringing theater to rural Holland., "Actor Rutger Hauer, of ‘Blade Runner’ fame, has died at 75," 24 July 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


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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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