Definition of troop in English:

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Pronunciation: /tro͞op/


1A group of soldiers, especially a cavalry unit commanded by a captain, or an airborne unit.
Example sentences
  • 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.
the services, the army, the military
1.2A unit of 18 to 24 Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts organized under a troop leader.
Example sentences
  • 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.


[no object]
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.

  • Troop is from French troupe, formed from troupeau, a diminutive of medieval Latin troppus ‘flock’, probably of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with troop

bloop, cock-a-hoop, coop, croup, droop, drupe, dupe, goop, group, Guadeloupe, hoop, loop, poop, recoup, roup, scoop, sloop, snoop, soup, stoep, stoop, stoup, stupe, swoop, troupe, whoop

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