repertoire

noun

rep·​er·​toire ˈre-pər-ˌtwär How to pronounce repertoire (audio)
ˈre-pə-
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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, 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Home to one of the largest collections of Latin music master recordings and compositions, Craft Latino’s repertoire includes artists such as Antonio Aguilar, Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar, Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, La Lupe, Rubén Blades and the Fania All Stars. Sigal Ratner-Arias, Billboard, 16 Apr. 2024 Though the members of the band aren’t necessarily polyglots, their repertoire engenders inclusivity by incorporating songs in more than a dozen languages. Anne Kniggendorf, Kansas City Star, 14 Apr. 2024 Many people in these countries continue to choose adding English to their diverse linguistic repertoire. Rosemary Salomone, TIME, 7 Apr. 2024 Along with styling, Javar’s repertoire includes being a creative director and designer. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 Is ACDSee Right for You? ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate is a powerful photo organizer and editor, and the company continues to add worthy tools to its sizable repertoire. PCMAG, 26 Mar. 2024 Ashlyn also has the knowledge and skill to pick repertoire that suits her voice very well. Heide Janssen, Orange County Register, 17 Mar. 2024 Easing into the repertoire Though the current season and its repertoire was scheduled long before Ryan’s appointment, one of its upcoming musical selections, Brahms Symphony No. 1, is an example of sonic serendipity. Amy Carleton, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 The Hartford boys added one last symbol to their repertoire, which began to appear on membership forms, banners and broadsides: an enigmatic open eye, a fitting emblem for the awakening that was taking place. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

French répertoire, from Late Latin repertorium — see repertory

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of repertoire was in 1819

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“Repertoire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repertoire. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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repertoire

noun
rep·​er·​toire ˈrep-ə(r)-ˌtwär How to pronounce repertoire (audio)
1
: a list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform
2
: a supply of skills or devices possessed by a person
passing is part of the repertoire of a quarterback

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