re·​pe·​chage ˌre-pə-ˈshäzh How to pronounce repechage (audio)
: a trial heat (as in rowing) in which first-round losers are given another chance to qualify for the semifinals

Examples of repechage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her repechage heat is scheduled to start at 5:20 p.m. MT. The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 July 2021 Livach — who had to win a repechage a few minutes earlier — was obviously tiring. Tim Creason, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Aug. 2021 After losing to Japan by one run in the 10th inning in their first game out of pool play, Team USA had to battle back to win a repechage game over the Dominican Republic and a semifinal over Korea. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 Thomas Gilman won his 57kg repechage match to have the shot at a bronze later Thursday. USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 At the time this article was published, Megan Kalmoe and Tracy Eisser had finished second in the coxless pair repechage, and Kara Kohler had placed second in her single sculls quarterfinal. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2021 Kathleen Noble, of Salt Lake City, placed third in her repechage heat of the women’s single sculls event Friday evening while racing for Uganda. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 July 2021 With only the top two crews getting automatic berths to the finals, Rusher will have another shot at a medal during the repechage race Sunday at Sea Forest Waterway. Stacy St. Clair,, 23 July 2021 Sarlak was fighting in the 60kg repechage and on course for a bronze medal; he'd been drawn against an opponent from Azerbaijan, but Israel's Gal Yekutiel was up next. Don Riddell, CNN, 1 July 2021 See More

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Word History


French repêchage second chance, reexamination for a candidate who has failed, from repêcher to fish out, rescue, from re- + pêcher to fish, from Latin piscari — more at piscatory

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repechage was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Repechage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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