\ 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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There have been cartwheels and stomp troupes and rollerblading barbie dolls. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 Now plans for the building include a boutique hotel, retail shops, and a home for the local theater troupe. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 From there, Solon's award-winning troupe, Music in Motion will perform at 11 p.m., followed by the evening awards. Thomas Jewell,, "Solon High Show Choir hosts 20-school invitational on March 3," 28 Feb. 2018 Newport Beach isn't likely to bring the Bard to the beach this fall after the city Arts Commission decided the local theater troupe that applied wasn't a good fit. Hillary Davis,, "Lights dim on potential Shakespeare production in Newport," 9 Feb. 2018 The documentary will screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the troupe will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "Art, books and chiles: the weekend top 10’s ABCs," 24 Jan. 2018 The plays were staged in the segregated barracks by a troupe calling themselves the Dartmoor Amateur Dramatic Company. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Intimate Horrors of Human Nature," 3 Jan. 2019 The Russian leader was said to have brought along a troupe of all-signing, all-dancing Cossacks as a wedding gift, Sky News reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Controversial wedding guest Vladimir Putin dances with Austria's foreign minister on her big day," 18 Aug. 2018 The troupe's leader, Hyon Song Wol, created a media frenzy during a preparatory visit last month, with South Korean TV stations following her every move. USA TODAY, "N. Korea dominates pre-Olympic media coverage at Pyeongchang," 6 Feb. 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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