an assemblage of persons or things; company; band.
a great number or multitude:A whole troop of children swarmed through the museum.
British Terms, Military[Mil.]an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
troops, a body of soldiers, police, etc.:Mounted troops quelled the riot.
a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under the guidance of an adult leader.
a herd, flock, or swarm.
[Archaic.]a band or troupe of actors.
to gather in a company; flock together.
to come, go, or pass in great numbers; throng.
to walk, as if in a march; go:to troop down to breakfast.
to walk, march, or pass in rank or order:The students trooped into the auditorium.
to associate or consort (usually fol. by with).
Military[Brit. Mil.]to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
[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- (
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 UnabridgedTroop,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.