Definition of trope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trəʊp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//troʊp//
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  1. 1 a word or phrase that is used in a way that is different from its usual meaning in order to create a particular mental image or effect. Metaphors and similes are tropes.
  2. 2a theme that is important or repeated in literature, films/movies, etc. the trope of the mad scientist in horror movies
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek tropos ‘turn, way, trope’, from trepein ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trope