noun rep·er·toire \ˈre-pə(r)-ˌtwär\

Definition of repertoire

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

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

repertoire was our Word of the Day on 07/25/2013. Hear the podcast!

Examples of repertoire in a sentence

  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.

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of repertoire

French répertoire, from Late Latin repertorium —see repertory

First Known Use: 1819

Other Performing Arts Terms

REPERTOIRE Defined for English Language Learners


noun rep·er·toire \ˈre-pə(r)-ˌtwär\

Definition of repertoire for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun rep·er·toire \ˈre-pər-ˌtwär\

Definition of repertoire for Students

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

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up repertoire? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • ludwig-richter-spring-has-arrived
  • Which is a synonym of upbraid?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.