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Re: troops vs soldiers  •  July 13, 2008, 2:32pm  •  11 votes

The word troop comes from the French word troupe, which refers to a group of people, generally actors today. This from the original Latin: from the OED (free online edition): ORIGIN French troupe, f

Re: troops vs soldiers  •  July 13, 2008, 2:18pm  •  9 votes

From the 1930 Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: troop (troop), n [F. Troupe.] 1. A collection of people or, formerly, also, of things; a company; number. 2. Soldiers collectively; an armed force;