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 Late in 1961, the trio began to work some bossa nova tunes into their repertoire, and the audiences immediately responded. Washington Post, "Buddy Deppenschmidt, drummer who helped spur ’60s bossa nova boom, dies at 85," 1 Apr. 2021 Here’s how to work them into your cooking repertoire. NBC News, "Pfizer releases positive news on Covid variants, emotional testimony in Chauvin trial and MLB opening day," 1 Apr. 2021 This has included drawing from the rich repertoire of Fela’s ensemble in embellishing their works, particularly over the last decade. Garhe Osiebe, Quartz Africa, "Why it’s time to stop searching for Fela Kuti’s successor," 21 Feb. 2021 Instead, this is a virtual restaurant restricted to mere takeout and delivery and restrained primarily by budget and imagination, and frequently a departure from a chef’s typical repertoire. Kara Baskin,, "Aberration or apparition? Ghost kitchens could replace your favorite haunt," 26 Jan. 2021 For a while, revolution disappeared from the European repertoire. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 The songs will include music from the ensemble’s past repertoire along with new music. Kathy Cichon,, "Virtual performances offered until Chicago a cappella can perform live again," 15 Oct. 2020 This super-feminine lingerie brand designs lightweight, supportive pieces (think soft underwires, longline bralettes, and more) that are perfect for your everyday repertoire. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The Best Bras To Fill Your Top Drawer in 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 After realizing her repertoire consisted almost exclusively of music composed by men, Leipzig pianist Kyra Steckeweh began searching for pieces written by women. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Her Name is Chef’ and ‘Shoplifters of the World’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 24 Mar. 2021

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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 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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