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[rep-er-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛp ərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural repertories.
a type of theatrical presentation in which a company presents several works regularly or in alternate sequence in one season.
a theatrical company that presents productions in this manner.
a store or stock of things available.
Origin of repertory
1545-55; < Late Latin repertōrium inventory, equivalent to Latin reper(īre) to discover, find, make up (re- re- + -perīre, combining form of parere to bring forth, produce) + -tōrium -tory2
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repertorial, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repertory
  • It is no uncommon thing even today to find a singer with a repertory of two hundred or more songs.
  • Meanwhile, the old repertory remained unchanged in the theatres.
  • The world's first in-repertory productions of both on the same stage.
  • Hence the extraordinary narrowness of the standard concert repertory.
  • Yet paradoxically it has never had a place in the musical repertory, that is, in any performance tradition.
  • Any opera house director would have been delighted to engage this great star to dance the standard ballet repertory.
  • These methods belong exclusively to the repertory of the authorities.
  • In the past decade or so, however, his music has started edging into the repertory.
  • When a plate of steak appeared at the end of dinner, she would race through her repertory of stunts and then offer a paw to shake.
  • But that's what the company started with, and an old repertory is presumably the best showcase for an old style.
British Dictionary definitions for repertory


/ˈrɛpətərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
the entire stock of things available in a field or of a kind; repertoire
a building or place where a stock of things is kept; repository
short for repertory company
Derived Forms
repertorial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin repertōrium storehouse, from Latin reperīre to obtain, from re- + parere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for repertory

1550s, "an index, list, catalogue," from Late Latin repertorium "inventory, list," from Latin repertus, past participle of reperire "to find, get, invent," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + parire, archaic form of paerere "produce, bring forth," from PIE root *per- "attempt" (see parent (n.)). Meaning "list of performances" is first recorded 1845, from Anglicized use of repertoire; repertory theater is attested from 1896. Related: Repertorial.

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