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.

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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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Recent Examples on the Web His elite repertoire was confounding to begin with, and that motion — along with his masterful method of hiding the ball until the very last moment — set him apart from everyone else in the game. Bruce Jenkins,, "Cueto returns, and it’s as if he never left," 10 Sep. 2019 But his 2017 sets seemed to signal a shift in his repertoire. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Dave Chappelle Doubles Down," 28 Aug. 2019 Her repertoire for that evening was an eclectic one, featuring Franck, Beethoven, Kreisler-Vivaldi, and Bloch. Priya Chaturvedi, Quartz India, "The story of a female Indian violinist whose phenomenal career was cut short by fate," 16 July 2019 Herrmann got his surgery just a few weeks into spring training, so the staff’s repertoire is all but a mystery. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "The A’s Chris Herrmann catches on quick with new team," 3 July 2019 Kensho Watanabe leads the full orchestra in a program whose repertoire is as-yet unannounced. Peter Dobrin,, "Classical summer: Bradley Cooper, Harry Potter, piano stars, Yannick debuts at a spiffed-up Mann Center," 5 June 2019 Getty Images As well as a whole lot of skin on show, Khloé styled her outfit with the latest hair makeover in her repertoire. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloe Kardashian Got Super Long Mermaid Hair and Looks Completely Different," 14 May 2019 But here's the thing: Joan Collins has in her repertoire what no one else on that red carpet would — her Camp pedigree. Sable Yong, Allure, "Joan Collins Attended the 2019 Met Gala as…Joan Collins in Dynasty," 7 May 2019 That was when teams started to figure out his deceptive delivery and pitch repertoire, which includes one of the slowest average fastballs in the majors (88.1 mph). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Margevicius returns for coverage; Martini claimed for on-base ability," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Sep 2019

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“Repertoire.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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

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