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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Recent Examples on the Web The chorus is a dedicated group of gentlemen who practice diligently to sing an amazing a cappella repertoire. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "Family-friendly events to attend in the Lake Houston area this month," 11 Dec. 2019 Emoji is just another instance of a new repertoire coming along. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Never mind the naysayers: Emoji are a vital part of online communication," 1 Dec. 2019 The Secondary Messengers use the umbrella of Blakey’s band leadership as a way of organizing a repertoire that spotlights the greatness that was cultivated under his guidance. John Adamian, courant.com, "The Secondary Messengers to channel the greatness of Art Blakey at the Buttonwood Tree," 29 Nov. 2019 Clarke has waded into rom-com territory before with 2016’s Me Before You, and proved to have more in her repertoire than mother of dragons. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding's Last Christmas is a ridiculous holiday trifle," 6 Nov. 2019 Performing a repertoire that mixed original compositions with radical reinterpretations of old blues songs, Cream was an instant sensation. Peter Keepnews, New York Times, "Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With Cream, Is Dead at 80," 6 Oct. 2019 Michael Jordan is adding another sport to a repertoire that already includes high school football, minor league baseball, professional basketball and celebrity golf. Giana Han, baltimoresun.com, "Michael Jordan fishes for the biggest with the best at White Marlin Open in Ocean City," 10 Aug. 2019 The result: six hitless frames and a new repertoire that may unlock Sanchez’s previously disappeared dominance. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Astros Seem to Know Something About Pitching No One Else Does," 6 Aug. 2019 To build up a repertoire to get gigs in London, the Stones simply tried to emulate their heroes. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "The Rolling Stones just can't shake the Chicago blues," 13 June 2019

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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16 Feb 2020

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“Repertoire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repertoires. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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repertoire

noun
How to pronounce repertoire (audio)

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

noun
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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