rep·​er·​to·​ry | \ ˈre-pər-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce repertory (audio) , ˈre-pə-\
plural repertories

Definition of repertory

1 : a place where something may be found : repository
2a : repertoire
b : a company that presents several different plays, operas, or pieces usually alternately in the course of a season at one theater
c : a theater housing such a company
3 : the production and presentation of plays by a repertory company acting in repertory

Examples of repertory in a Sentence

She acted in repertory for many years.

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In its 63rd season, Santa Fe Opera remains America's preeminent summer opera festival, mixing repertory favorites with new or at least rarely performed opera. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A fairy-tale world premiere and Janácek's brutal but redemptive 'Jenufa' impress at Santa Fe Opera," 6 Aug. 2019 The second lesson — grimly evident in three hours of relentlessly over-the-top choreography to a deadly patchwork of music by Liszt — is that the company’s flame burns bright even in unworthy repertory. Lewis Segal,, "Review: Royal Ballet comes to L.A. for the first time in years with ‘Mayerling’," 7 July 2019 Andres’ Trio was a confident, absorbing work that should make its way into the repertory of piano trios everywhere, well played by the musicians. Christian Hertzogwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: SummerFest revels in sextets and violins, and Timo Andres impresses with a masterful new piano trio," 21 Aug. 2019 The program consisted of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto and the Beethoven symphony, which is about as standard and popular as the repertory gets. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "How the NSO and Noseda brought fresh air to the summer heat at Wolf Trap," 28 July 2019 Or, to put it another way, what will remain of Taylor—not just his repertory but also his style—once this torch-passing goes on for another ten years or so? Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 The troupe’s run at the Joyce Theater is a celebration of the feminine, including a New York premiere that deserves a lasting spot in its repertory. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The EVE Project’ Review: The Mother of Martha Graham Dance Company Themes," 10 Apr. 2019 Tsujii's accomplishment of learning major repertory by ear, and playing with authority, was nothing short of miraculous. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 Even though Bringuier had programmed major works long in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s repertory, one had to admire the finesse and flair conductor Andrew Litton brought to them Saturday night at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: A bracing evening of Gershwin, Ravel and Stravinsky," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of repertory

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repertory

Late Latin repertorium list, from Latin reperire to find, from re- + parere to produce — more at pare

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English Language Learners Definition of repertory

: an organized group of actors that performs many kinds of plays with each play being performed for only a short time


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plural repertories

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