\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 second season opens with the ’80s troupe known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling beginning work on their TV show. Ellen Gray,, "TV picks: BET Awards, 'Endeavour,' 'GLOW' and more," 21 June 2018 The comedy scene in Las Vegas boasts everything from stand-up acts to improv troupes, casino ventriloquists to Carrot Top, but Ryan Reaves’s absolute favorite show is held inside the penalty box at T-Mobile Arena. Alex Prewitt,, "Enter the Sin Bin: What It's Like to Be Sent to 'Adult Timeout' in the NHL," 17 Apr. 2018 There was also a performance by Jaime Guttenberg’s dance troupe in honor of her memory, and a series of speeches from her peers. Vogue, "Theater Stars and Students Unite at From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA," 17 Apr. 2018 Thanks to the bottle of organic chardonnay, antipasti, remote views of the valley and a troupe of neighboring wallabies, we weren't disappointed. Catherine Ridha, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Remote Valley is Australia's Best Kept Secret," 21 Mar. 2018 The video, directed by South Africa's Chris Saunders, was filmed in Johannesburg and features fabulous local dance troupes. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Major Lazer, Rudimental, Anne-Marie Turn Grey Into Sunshine in 'Let Me Live' Video: Watch," 9 July 2018 The national touring company was beaten to the punch last weekend by a local troupe devoted to providing performance opportunities for adults with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How Detour Company Theatre beat Gammage to the punch with 'School of Rock'," 15 June 2018 This Philadelphia premiere marks Hollinger’s playwriting debut with the comedy troupe 1812 Productions. Julia M. Klein,, "'Hope and Gravity' at Plays and Players: Broad strokes, high energy, zigzags from dark to light," 4 May 2018 The absurdity of the scene, like so many in the 2001 film, came from minds of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard. Nate Chute, Indianapolis Star, "'Super Troopers': How the 'meow' scene with Jim Gaffigan came to be," 18 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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