Definition of troop in English:


Syllabification: troop
Pronunciation: /tro͞op


  • 1A group of soldiers, especially a cavalry unit commanded by a captain, or an airborne unit.
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    • From the 16th century the troop, a captain's command, was the basic subunit in the cavalry.
    • The unit conducting this mission was a standard regimental armored cavalry troop of the early 1990s era.
    • The cavalry troop headquarters would include requisite maintenance, command and control, and liaison capabilities.
  • 1.1 (troops) Soldiers or armed forces: UN peacekeeping troops (as modifier troop) troop withdrawals
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    • The Armed Forces and other troops need officers with a university degree and a higher military education.
    • Five flags will be issued to all enlisted soldiers, with deploying troops having priority.
    • Those troops - mainly soldiers - have paid the ultimate price for their country.
    soldiers, armed forces, servicemen, servicewomen, infantry; peacekeepers; guards, escorts; the services, the army, the military
  • 1.2A unit of 18 to 24 Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts organized under a troop leader.
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    • The other troop leader and the Boy Scout died during a lightning storm.
    • Your best choice would be a teacher, a camp counsellor, a den mother or a girl scout troop leader, for example.
    • My Girl Scout troop leader once said that raising boys was easier than raising girls because you could let them run and climb trees without worrying that they'd hurt themselves.
  • 2A group of people or animals of a particular kind: a troop of musicians
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    • A troop of secret agents in identical suits, sunglasses and wigs circulated as a group throughout the evening.
    • Japanese macaque studies began in 1948 when scientists visiting the southern Japanese island of Koshima, encountered a troop of wild monkeys.
    • Later, they will be entertained by The Chieftains and a troop of Irish dancers who will perform in a massive marquee which has been erected on the castle lawns.


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  • 1(Of a group of people) come or go together or in large numbers: the girls trooped in for dinner
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    • A group of kids trooped in and stood near the door.
    • As the group was trooping together up the staircase to their rooms, Josh looked over at Katie.
    • The three of us trooped off together to get outfitted at a mid-town haberdashery.
    walk, march, file, proceed; flock, crowd, throng, stream, swarm, surge, spill
  • 1.1(Of a lone person) walk at a slow or steady pace: Caroline trooped wearily home from work
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    • By the time he was trooping back for the second half, news had filtered through that Middlesbrough were 2-0 up at Leicester.
    • Neighbours saw a 44 year old bloke trooping about with a guitar; police were called and now the bloke is in a local hospital under the mental health act.
    • Anyway, having spent the day at home doing various little jobs and waiting for some furniture to be delivered, I duly trooped down to London late afternoon and got to The Chandos before anyone else.


mid 16th century: from French troupe, back-formation from troupeau, diminutive of medieval Latin troppus 'flock', probably of Germanic origin.

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