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[ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3] /rɪˈpraɪz for 1; rəˈpriz for 2, 3/
Usually, reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.
  1. a repetition.
  2. a return to the first theme or subject.
verb (used with object), reprised, reprising.
to execute a repetition of; repeat:
They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act.
Origin of reprise
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: a taking back, Old French, noun use of feminine past participle of reprendre to take back < Latin reprehendere to reprehend
Can be confused
reprisal, reprise. Unabridged
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  • During this reprise little glints of reminiscence of the pastoral are seen.

  • The French have two words for these two sounds—the cri and the reprise.

  • And at the very spot on the floor where any object contained in the bowl would have fallen, came a reprise of the bell note!

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • The reprise of the dance was brief, and he had to surrender her from his embrace.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • This is gradually appassionated until it is merged into the reprise of the first movement proper.

British Dictionary definitions for reprise


the repeating of an earlier theme
to repeat (an earlier theme)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; see reprehend
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Word Origin and History for reprise

early 15c., from Old French repris, past participle of reprendre (see reprise (v.)).

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