- (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.
figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used other than in a literal manner
music: short cadence at the end of the melody in some early music
music: phrase or verse added to the mass when sung by a choir
literature: something recurring across a genre or type of literature
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Translations to be checked
- trope in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- trope in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- trope at OneLook Dictionary Search
- TV Tropes Site with numerous current examples of tropes.
- OED 2nd edition 1989