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, 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Lorenzen, a former Cal State Fullerton standout, has a five-pitch repertoire that seems well suited for the rotation. Mike Digiovannastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The collection shows de Vincenzo’s talent for creating a repertoire of imaginative mutations, bearing his peculiar style—artsy, slightly quirky, and conceptual. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2022 The Hey Nonny audience will be treated to a large repertoire of music. Myrna Petlicki,, 15 Feb. 2022 Anderson is known for using a familiar repertoire of actors for his movies, and Fiennes starred in the director’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 Freedom within a structure, of course, separates Jazz at Lincoln Center from other major performing arts institutions with a repertoire. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Some require a bit of chef-y attention and skill, but the pro takeaways are surprising and satisfying and can be incorporated into your culinary repertoire. Sunset Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 Gregory is dressed in a comfy — but still fitted and collared — sweater, with brown pants that stick to his business casual repertoire but allow him a wide range of motion. Selome Hailu, Variety, 12 Apr. 2022 Montas tried his full repertoire in the seven-pitch at-bat to no avail. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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

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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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