WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
troop /trup/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a group of persons or things;
    a band of people.
  2. Militarya cavalry unit corresponding to a company of infantry.
  3. Militarytroops: 
    • [plural] a body of soldiers, police, etc.:The troops never had a chance to leave their barracks.
  4. a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under an adult leader.

v. [no object]
  1. to pass together, esp. in great numbers;
    throng:People were trooping into the stadium.
  2. to walk, as if in a march;
    go:The kids came trooping down to breakfast.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
troop (tro̅o̅p),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. an assemblage of persons or things;
  2. a great number or multitude:A whole troop of children swarmed through the museum.
  3. British Terms, Military[Mil.]an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
  4. troops, a body of soldiers, police, etc.:Mounted troops quelled the riot.
  5. a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under the guidance of an adult leader.
  6. a herd, flock, or swarm.
  7. [Archaic.]a band or troupe of actors.

  1. to gather in a company;
    flock together.
  2. to come, go, or pass in great numbers;
  3. to walk, as if in a march;
    go:to troop down to breakfast.
  4. to walk, march, or pass in rank or order:The students trooped into the auditorium.
  5. to associate or consort (usually fol. by with).

  1. Military[Brit. Mil.]to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
  2. [Obs.]to assemble or form into a troop or troops.
  • Gmc; see thorp) + -el Latin -ellus diminutive suffix
  • French troupe, Old French trope, probably back formation from tropel herd, flock (French troupeau), equivalent. to trop- (
  • 1535–45
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged body, group, crowd. See  company. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged crowd, herd, flock, swarm, throng.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Troop, troupe both mean a band, company, or group.
      Troop has various meanings as indicated in the definitions above. With the spelling
      troupe the word has the specialized meaning of a company of actors, singers, acrobats, or other performers.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged collect.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged swarm.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

troop /truːp/ n
  1. a large group or assembly; flock
  2. a subdivision of a cavalry squadron or artillery battery of about platoon size
  3. (plural) armed forces; soldiers
  4. a large group of Scouts comprising several patrols
  1. (intransitive) to gather, move, or march in or as if in a crowd
  2. (transitive) chiefly Brit to parade (the colour or flag) ceremonially
Etymology: 16th Century: from French troupe, from troupeau flock, of Germanic origin

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