rep·​er·​toire | \ˈre-pər-ˌtwär, ˈre-pə-\

Definition of repertoire 

1a : 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

2a : 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

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The Late Latin noun repertorium, meaning "list," has given us two words that can be used to speak of the broad range of things that someone or something can do. One is repertory, perhaps most commonly known as a word for a company that presents several different plays, operas, or other works at one theater, or the theater where such works are performed. Repertoire, which comes from repertorium via French, once meant the same thing as repertory but later came to refer to the range of skills that a person has under his or her belt, such as the different pitches a baseball pitcher can throw or the particular dishes that are a chef's specialty.

Examples of repertoire in a Sentence

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 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 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 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 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 The band's repertoire includes both classic and modern jazz. He has a limited repertoire when it comes to cooking.
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Two completely different mixed repertoires curated by Isabella Boylston. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Big July Calendar: Month is lit with fireworks, comic con and the Canyon County Fair," 28 June 2018 The 22-year-old right-hander, who will make his first home start for the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night against Kansas City, does not feature an extensive repertoire. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hitters know the Brewers' Freddy Peralta is going to throw high fastballs, but they aren't easy to hit," 25 June 2018 Sekar says Chowbotics will use part of the funding to expand Sally’s repertoire beyond salads, grain bowls and pasta bowls. Natasha Mascarenhas,, "Sally the salad-making robot has investors dishing out cash; plus Workday and Hipcamp," 24 June 2018 Cutters and sliders are cousins in a pitcher’s repertoire. Michael Beller,, "Joe Musgrove Will Be a Staple of the Pirates Rotation If He Can Command His Cutter," 30 May 2018 This claim is not new to the president’s repertoire. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Fact-checking President Trump’s reasons for leaving the Iran nuclear deal," 9 May 2018 Yoyoka Soma, an 8-year-old fan from Japan, did her part to break the internet after perfectly playing one of the toughest drum parts in Led Zeppelin's repertoire. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "8-Year-Old Fan Nails Drum Part of Led Zeppelin's 'Good Times Bad Times,' Earns Robert Plant's Praise: Watch," 5 July 2018 Todd Ellison, a pianist and conductor based in Manhattan with extensive experience in Broadway repertoire, will assume the titles of music director and principal conductor July 1, 2019. Peter Dobrin,, "Krajewski out at Philly Pops after 6 seasons - Todd Ellison will take the baton," 20 June 2018 In addition to the usual soda and tea repertoire, Hello also has Boylan Vintage Soda Pop as part of their fountain options. Nikki Delamotte,, "Sneak peek: Fast-casual Hello Bistro opens first Ohio location in Beachwood (photos)," 15 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'repertoire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of repertoire

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for repertoire

French répertoire, from Late Latin repertorium — see repertory

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of repertoire

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

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