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repertory

[rep-er-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛp ərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural repertories.
1.
a type of theatrical presentation in which a company presents several works regularly or in alternate sequence in one season.
2.
a theatrical company that presents productions in this manner.
4.
a store or stock of things available.
Origin
1545-1555
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
Related forms
repertorial, adjective
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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

repertory

/ˈrɛpətərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
the entire stock of things available in a field or of a kind; repertoire
2.
a building or place where a stock of things is kept; repository
3.
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
n.

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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