What does troop mean?

Definitions for troop

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word troop.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. troopnoun

    a group of soldiers

  2. troopnoun

    a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company

  3. troop, scout troop, scout groupnoun

    a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts

  4. troop, flockverb

    an orderly crowd

    "a troop of children"

  5. parade, troop, promenadeverb

    march in a procession

    "the veterans paraded down the street"

  6. troopverb

    move or march as if in a crowd

    "They children trooped into the room"


  1. troopnoun

    A collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude.

  2. troopnoun

    A small unit of cavalry or armour commanded by a captain, corresponding to a platoon or company of infantry.

  3. troopnoun

    A detachment of soldiers or police, especially horse artillery, armour, or state troopers.

  4. troopnoun

    Soldiers, military forces (usually "troops").

  5. troopnoun

    A company of stageplayers; a troupe.

  6. troopnoun

    A particular roll of the drum

  7. troopnoun

    a unit of girl or boy scouts

  8. troopnoun

    an orderly crowd

  9. troopnoun

    Mushrooms that are in a close group but not close enough to be called a cluster.

  10. troopverb

    To move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops.

  11. troopverb

    To march on; to go forward in haste.

  12. troopverb

    to move or march as if in a crowd; The children trooped into the room.

  13. Etymology: Attested in English since 1545, from troupe (back-formation of troupeau, diminutive of troppus "flock") and troupe (from trope), both of origin from Old, from þurpan, from treb-. Akin to þorp (Modern thorp), þorp, þorp. More at thorp.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TROOPnoun

    Etymology: troupe, Fr. troppa, Italian; troope, Dutch; trop, Swedish; troppa, low Latin.

    That which should accompany old age,
    As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
    I must not look to have. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Saw you not a blessed troop
    Invite me to a banquet, whose bright faces
    Cast thousand beams upon me like the sun. William Shakespeare.

    As the mind, by putting together the repeated ideas of unity, makes the collective mode of any number, as a score, or a gross; so by putting together several particular substances, it makes collective ideas of substances, as a troop, an army. John Locke.

    Æneas seeks his absent foe,
    And sends his slaughter’d troops to shades below. Dryden.

  2. To Troopverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I do not, as an enemy to peace,
    Troop in the throngs of military men,
    But rather shew a while like fearful war. William Shakespeare.

    They anon
    With hundreds, and with thousands, trooping came,
    Attended. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. i.

    Armies at the call of trumpet
    Troop to their standard. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    Yonder shines Aurora’s harbinger,
    At whose approach ghosts, wand’ring here and there,
    Troop home to churchyards. William Shakespeare.

    The dry streets flow’d with men,
    That troop’d up to the king’s capacious court. George Chapman.

    I do invest you jointly with my power,
    Preheminence, and all the large effects
    That troop with majesty. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Troopnoun

    a collection of people; a company; a number; a multitude

  2. Troopnoun

    soldiers, collectively; an army; -- now generally used in the plural

  3. Troopnoun

    specifically, a small body of cavalry, light horse, or dragoons, consisting usually of about sixty men, commanded by a captain; the unit of formation of cavalry, corresponding to the company in infantry. Formerly, also, a company of horse artillery; a battery

  4. Troopnoun

    a company of stageplayers; a troupe

  5. Troopnoun

    a particular roll of the drum; a quick march

  6. Troopverb

    to move in numbers; to come or gather in crowds or troops

  7. Troopverb

    to march on; to go forward in haste


  1. Troop

    A troop is a military unit, originally a small force of cavalry, subordinate to a squadron and headed by the troop leader. In many armies a troop is the equivalent unit to the infantry section or platoon. Exceptions are the Royal Horse Artillery and the US Cavalry, where troop refers to an infantry company or artillery battery. A cavalry soldier of private rank is called a trooper in many Commonwealth armies. A related sense of the term troop refers to members of the military collectively, as in the troops; see Troop.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Troop

    trōōp, n. a crowd or collection of people: a company: soldiers taken collectively, an army, usually in pl.: a small body of cavalry, forming the unit of formation, consisting usually of sixty men, corresponding to a company of infantry: the command of a troop of horse.—v.i. to collect in numbers: to march in a company, or in haste.—ns. Troop′er, a private cavalry soldier: a cavalry horse: a troop′-ship; Troop′-horse, a cavalry horse; Troop′-ship, a vessel for conveying soldiers.—Trooping the colours, a ceremony performed at the public mounting of garrison guards.—Household troops (see House). [Fr. troupe, prob. through Low L. forms, from L. turba, a crowd.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. troop

    A company of cavalry, commanded by a captain, generally from forty to sixty strong. Also, an assembling beat of the drum.--Trooping the guard, or the colours, are special military ceremonies connected with guard-mounting.--Troop the guard. A ceremony daily practised in large ships by the marines at morning muster.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. troop

    A company of cavalry. It is the same, with respect to formation, as a company in the infantry.

Suggested Resources

  1. troop

    Song lyrics by troop -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by troop on the Lyrics.com website.

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'troop' in Nouns Frequency: #868

Anagrams for troop »

  1. proto

  2. porto

How to pronounce troop?

How to say troop in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of troop in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of troop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of troop in a Sentence

  1. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly:

    Many of America's military men and women are away from home this Thanksgiving, making sacrifices to secure our freedom and to protect our southern border, the DLA Troop Support staff and I are excited about this amazing opportunity to provide them the very best Thanksgiving meal our country has to offer.

  2. Senator Paul:

    The Afghanistan war going beyond its original mission has an enormous cost, if the president and my colleagues want to continue the war in Afghanistan, then at the very least Congress should vote on it. I ’ll insist they do this fall, and I ’ll be leading the charge for' no.' Graham, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, thinks Trump has the authority to increase troop levels. However, he suggested the president will have to go through Congress to at least get the money for additional soldiers.

  3. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:

    If a Russian troop withdrawal materializes, it would put President Assad under pressure to finally seriously negotiate a peaceful political transition in Geneva that would ensure the continuation of a Syrian state.

  4. Jack Benny:

    A scout troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like schmucks following a big schmuck dressed like a kid.

  5. Manoj Mahajan:

    This just shows how serious Russia is and brazen with their troop movements, it’s a disregard to the early few days of resolve shown by the Ukrainian people.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for troop

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for troop »


Find a translation for the troop definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these troop definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "troop." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 2 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/troop>.

    Are we missing a good definition for troop? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    young tree
    • A. chin-wag
    • B. sapling
    • C. viverrine
    • D. brashness

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for troop: