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noun rep·er·toire \ˈre-pə(r)-ˌtwär\

Simple Definition of repertoire

  • : all the plays, songs, dances, etc., that a performer or group of performers knows and can perform

  • : all the things that a person is able to do

Full Definition of repertoire

  1. 1 a :  a list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform b :  a supply of skills, devices, or expedients <part of the repertoire of a quarterback>; broadly :  amount, supply <an endless repertoire of summer clothes> c :  a list or supply of capabilities <the instruction repertoire of a computer>

  2. 2 a :  the complete list or supply of dramas, operas, or musical works available for performance <our modern orchestral repertoire> b :  the complete list or supply of skills, devices, or ingredients used in a particular field, occupation, or practice <the repertoire of literary criticism>

Examples of repertoire

  1. In later years, he sang in English and expanded his repertoire to include rhythm and blues, rock and even skiffle music. —John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 1993

  2. Jackson is best known for a career that included radio and television concerts and a repertoire that leaned heavily upon songs such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Day is Past and Gone.” —Leslie Williams, (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, 12 May 1993

  3. Like resident stock companies, they presented a number of plays in repertoire; the genre of the programs tended to vary, although there seemed to be a preference for popular melodramas … —George Mann, Theatre Lethbridge, 1993

  4. Grenadine … is bright red in color and has a sweet, fresh flavor. It is completely non-alcoholic, but plays an essential part in any good barman's repertoire. —The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings, 1992

  5. The fiery orators taking their turn at the microphone wore work shirts and overalls. The college choir sang a repertoire of early Joan Baez. —John Krich, Music in Every Room, 1984

  6. The band's repertoire includes both classic and modern jazz.

  7. He has a limited repertoire when it comes to cooking.

Origin of repertoire

French répertoire, from Late Latin repertorium (see repertory)

First Known Use: 1847

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REPERTOIRE Defined for Kids


noun rep·er·toire \ˈre-pər-ˌtwär\

Definition of repertoire

  1. :  a list or supply of plays, operas, or pieces that a company or person is prepared to perform

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