repertoire

noun
rep·​er·​toire | \ ˈre-pər-ˌtwär How to pronounce repertoire (audio) , 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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Alie-Cox is working to further hone the pass-catching element to his repertoire. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Mo Alie-Cox shines all spring, Jalen Collins rising," 12 June 2019 The 14-piece Big Ol’ Ensemble is his big band, but its repertoire for its DC JazzFest performance is that of Australian trumpeter-composer Elliott Hughes. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 10 June 2019 As such, the pop star turned beauty and fashion mogul has made classic suits a part of her repertoire for meetings, nights out, or simply posing on social media. Vogue, "Rihanna Remixes the Business Suit With a Street Style Staple," 18 Apr. 2019 Trent Pheifer is on a mission to cook his way through beloved celebrity chef Ina Garten's repertoire, from honey bourbon vanilla cake, to sausage fennel rigatoni, to mustard-roasted fish. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "I'm Cooking Every Single Ina Garten Recipe. Here's What I've So Far Learned From the Barefoot Contessa.," 5 Feb. 2019 But the organization’s player development staff believed Keller turned a corner late in the year in terms of harnessing his repertoire, which included a lively fastball in the 93-94 mph range along with a slider and change-up. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Royals pitcher Brad Keller is Diamondbacks' Rule 5 loss," 22 June 2018 Her kitchen repertoire, like that of most households, reflects family traditions. Rebecca Powers, chicagotribune.com, "A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level," 19 June 2018 The homemade concoction joins other creative flavors in the shop’s daily repertoire, including Gin & Tonic sorbet and Blue Bubblegum. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Now Buy Heinz Ketchup-Flavored Ice Cream," 16 May 2018 Next year’s direction — singers, repertoire, and the creative teams assembled for each production — will still represent the work of Eliasen. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Seismic shift at Curtis: Met star Eric Owens and Danielle Orlando to take over opera department," 10 May 2018

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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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repertoire

noun

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

repertoire

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rep·​er·​toire | \ ˈre-pər-ˌtwär How to pronounce repertoire (audio) \

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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