1 of 2


: company, troop
especially : a group of theatrical performers


2 of 2


trouped; trouping

intransitive verb

: to travel in a troupe
also : to perform as a member of a theatrical troupe

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
While several other lion dance troupes will also perform, the CYC’s team is the oldest in the District. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 And the San Jose troupe plans to include the Bay Area on its itinerary. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 22 Jan. 2024 All evening, neighborhood kids lined up outside the boutique hotel to get their faces painted, while bands, DJs, and dance troupes drew a crowd of hundreds. Michael Snyder, Travel + Leisure, 23 Dec. 2023 Today, the troupe has performed in 43 countries and more than 660 cities worldwide. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 The famed French Canadian boutique circus hasn’t visited San Francisco since before the pandemic so the troupe’s whimsical mix of guts and gymnastics galore feels far more fresh and exhilarating than usual. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 By far the most famous troupe in the scene, Critical Role helped popularize actual play for mainstream viewers through a mix of accessibility and their genuine affection for one another, with every stream feeling like you’ve just been dropped into a group of your new best friends. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2024 Comedy multi-hyphenate Mike Birbiglia, who performed in the same Georgetown University improv troupe as Novak, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, served as executive producer for the stage show. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 The rotating troupe of stars throughout the years include Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Chloë Sevigny, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Finn Wittrock and more. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024
What: Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party with opening meditation followed by karaoke and aerial acrobatics troupe MoonDrop Circus. Dan Kelly, kansascity, 3 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History



French, from Middle French — more at troop

First Known Use


1776, in the meaning defined above


1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of troupe was in 1776

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Cite this Entry

“Troupe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a company or troop especially of stage performers


2 of 2 verb
trouped; trouping
: to travel in a troupe
: to perform as a member of a theatrical troupe
trouper noun

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