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reprise

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noun re·prise \ri-ˈprēz, 1 is also -ˈprīz\

Simple Definition of reprise

  • : something (such as a piece of music) that is repeated

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reprise

  1. 1 :  a deduction or charge made yearly out of a manor or estate —usually used in plural

  2. 2 :  a recurrence, renewal, or resumption of an action

  3. 3 [French, from Middle French] a :  a musical repetition: (1) :  the repetition of the exposition preceding the development (2) :  recapitulation 3 b :  a repeated performance :  repetition

Examples of reprise in a sentence

  1. They ended their performance with a reprise of the opening number.

  2. The team is hoping to avoid a reprise of last year's defeat.



Did You Know?

When "reprise" was first adopted into English in the 15th century, it referred to a deduction or charge made yearly out of a manor or estate (and was usually used in the plural form "reprises"). It probably won't surprise you, then, to learn that "reprise" comes from an Anglo-French word meaning "seizure, repossession, or expense." Eventually, "reprise" came to refer to any action that was repeated or resumed. A later sense, borrowed from modern French, applies to specific types of repetition in musical compositions and was eventually generalized to describe any subsequent and identical performance. It's possible, for example, to have a reprise of a television program or a book.

Origin and Etymology of reprise

Middle English, from Anglo-French, seizure, repossession, expense, from feminine past participle of reprendre to take back, from re- + prendre to take, from Latin prehendere


First Known Use: 15th century


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reprise

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verb re·prise \ri-ˈprīz, 3 is -ˈprēz\

Simple Definition of reprise

  • : to repeat (something, such as a performance of a piece of music)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reprise

reprised

reprising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  take back; especially :  to recover by force

  3. 2 archaic :  compensate

  4. 3 a :  to repeat the performance of b :  to repeat the principal points or stages of :  recapitulate

Examples of reprise in a sentence

  1. He will reprise his role in the play.

  2. <the prosecutor's closing statement effectively reprised the case against the defendant>



Origin and Etymology of reprise

Middle English, from Middle French repris, past participle of reprendre


First Known Use: 15th century


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