\ˈtrüp \

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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The fandom around the alt-right comedy troupe Million Dollar Extreme has long been one of those spaces. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Reddit’s QAnon ban points to how it’s tracking toxic communities," 12 Sep. 2018 This week, in the first round of competition, the glow-in-the-dark Siberian dance troupe illuminated the stage with its unique visual depiction of the push and pull between good and evil in the modern age. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "EXCLUSIVE: 'America's Got Talent' Udi Dance Group Wows Again This Week," 30 July 2018 Born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares on Oct. 27, 1920, in San Diego, Fabray began performing from the age of four, appearing in vaudeville and touring with comedy troupes. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Nanette Fabray, Tony winner and star of original One Day at a Time, dies at 97," 23 Feb. 2018 Seohyun, born Seo Ju-Hyun, performed two songs with the North Korean art troupe during a performance at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Seohyun of Girls' Generation Teamed Up With North Korean Band At Pro-Unification Concert," 12 Feb. 2018 Carter joined a traveling dance troupe as its costume designer, and in 1986 the company mounted a hugely popular show performed to Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. Rob Haskell, WSJ, "In ‘Black Panther,’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Found a Career-Defining Challenge," 1 Nov. 2018 As Reggie and his troupe were finishing up her yard, a Maple Heights Police SUV rolled up in front of Holt-Colden's house. Cleve R. Wootson Jr.,, "A white woman called police on a black 12-year-old who was mowing grass," 30 June 2018 The State Department said no to a member of the troupe. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Helping Foreign Artists Cut Through the Red Tape, Pro Bono," 17 Apr. 2018 Patty, the matriarch of the Kansas City Zoo's chimpanzee troupe, has died. David Frese, kansascity, "One of the oldest female chimps in U.S. zoos dies in Kansas City at age 55 | The Kansas City Star," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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