From Latin tropus, from Ancient Greek τρόπος (trópos, “a manner, style, turn, way; a trope or figure of speech; a mode in music; a mode or mood in logic”), related to τροπή (tropḗ, “solstice; trope; turn”) and τρέπειν (trépein, “to turn”). The verb is derived from the noun.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /tɹəʊp/
- (General American) enPR: trōp, IPA(key): /tɹoʊp/
- Rhymes: -əʊp
trope (plural tropes)
- (art, literature) Something recurring across a genre or type of art or literature, such as the ‘mad scientist’ of horror movies or the use of the phrase ‘once upon a time’ as an introduction to fairy tales; a motif.
2017 February 23, Katie Rife, “The Girl With All The Gifts tries to put a fresh spin on overripe zombie clichés”, in The A.V. Club:
- You have to give director Colm McCarthy, a Scottish TV veteran making his feature film debut, and writer Mike Carey, adapting his own novel, credit for attempting the seemingly impossible task of doing something new with the zombie subgenre. And by blending it with the common YA [young adult] trope of a young female protagonist who leads the world into a new revolutionary era, they almost get there—largely thanks to newcomer [Sennia] Nanua, who presents her character's grappling with complex themes of identity and original sin with a childlike guilelessness.
- (rhetoric) A figure of speech in which words or phrases are used with a nonliteral or figurative meaning, such as a metaphor.
- (geometry) Mathematical senses.
- (music) Musical senses.
- (philosophy) Philosophical senses.
- (transitive) To use, or embellish something with, a trope.
- (transitive) Senses relating chiefly to art or literature.
- (intransitive) To think or write in terms of tropes.
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- trope in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- trope at OneLook Dictionary Search
- “trope” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.
- trope in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
trope m (plural tropes)
- “trope” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).