- The definition of a trope is a figure of speech or a play on words.
Repeating a word that can be used in two different contexts - such as Ben Franklin's quote "If we don't hang together, we'll hang separately" is an example of a trope.
- 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 tropē, a turn) ; from trepein, to turn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form trep-, to turn
- a turning or changing
- something that turns or changes: thaumatrope
Origin of -tropeClassical Greek -tropos: see trope
- A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
- A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
Origin of tropeLatin tropus, from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech; see trep- in Indo-European roots.
- (literature) Something recurring across a genre or type of literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales. Similar to archetype and cliché but not necessarily pejorative.
- A figure of speech in which words or phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning, such as a metaphor.
- (music) A short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music.
- (music) A phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir.
- (music) A pair of complementary hexachords in twelve-tone technique.
- (Judaism) A cantillation.
(third-person singular simple present tropes, present participle troping, simple past and past participle troped)
From Latin tropus, from Ancient Greek τρόπος (tropos, “a turn, way, manner, style, a trope or figure of speech, a mode in music, a mode or mood in logic”).