company of performers and connected workers (especially theatrical)
- an organization or troop particularly the business pf performers in a play or an opera
- an organization or troop, especially the business pf performers in a play or an opera.
1825, "organization, band," especially of performers, stars, performers, etc., from French troupe "company" (see troop (n.)).
(n.) An organization or troop, particularly the organization pf performers in a play or an opera.
In Anna Pavlovna's circle only those Frenchmen were admitted who were deep- rooted legitimists, and patriotic views were expressed to the effect that one ought not to go to the French theater and that to maintain the French troupe was costing the government as much as a whole army corps.