pronunciation: troʊp


A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression.

Trope refers to different types of figures of speech, such as puns, metaphors, and similes.


A trope is a word used in a non literal sense to create a powerful image. If you say, "Chicago's worker bees buzz around the streets," you're using a trope. Workers aren't literally bees, but it suggests how fast they move.

Rhetorical Technique

Tropes are figures of speech with an unexpected twist in the meaning of words