\ 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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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 Hauer spent five years with a small troupe bringing theater to rural Holland. Mark Kennedy, Fortune, "Actor Rutger Hauer, of ‘Blade Runner’ Fame, Dies at 75," 24 July 2019 The piece, done in collaboration with the art troupe T. R. Uthco [i.e., Truth Co.], was titled The Eternal Frame. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The epic tale of the House of the Century, the trippy Texas icon that defies polite description," 12 July 2019 The night saw a premiere by Troy Powell, a dancer and choreographer who has enjoyed a long history with the dance troupe. Mankaprr Conteh, Vogue, "The Alvin Ailey School Celebrates 50 Years With a Moving Gala Performance," 14 June 2019 Johnson also performed with the drag performance troupe Hot Peaches from 1972 through the ‘90s and was an AIDS activist with AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "#Pride50: Marsha P. Johnson — Transgender rights trailblazer," 3 June 2019 Netflix is betting on a series from emerging sketch-comedy troupe Astronomy Club, to be executive produced by Kenya Barris. Wired, "A Black Lady Sketch Show," 2 Aug. 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


\ ˈtrüp How to pronounce troupe (audio) \

Kids Definition of troupe

: a group especially of performers who act or work together a troupe of acrobats

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