- to parade the colors, or flag, before troops
Other Word Forms of Troop
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Troop
- troop the colors
Origin of Troop
Attested in English since 1545, from French troupe (back-formation of troupeau, diminutive of Medieval Latin troppus "flock") and Middle French trouppe (from Old French trope (“band, company, troop")), both of Germanic origin from Frankish *thorp (“assembly, gathering"), from Proto-Germanic *þurpÄ… (“village, land, estate"), from Proto-Germanic *treb- (“dwelling, settlement"). Akin to Old English þorp, þrop (“village, farm, estate") (Modern English thorp), Old Frisian þorp, Old Norse þorp. More at thorp.
French troupe from Old French trope probably from Vulgar Latin troppu-
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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