- the use of a word or words in a figurative sense
- a figure of speech
- figurative language in general
- a common, often conventional, theme, motif, style, etc.
- in the medieval church,
- the interpolation of a phrase or passage into the authorized service: such passages were later developed into dramatic dialogues
- any such passage
Origin of tropeClassical Latin tropus from Classical Greek tropos, a turning, turn, figure of speech (akin to trop?, a turn) from trepein, to turn from Indo-European base an unverified form trep-, to turn