noun rep·er·to·ry \ ˈre-pər-ˌtȯr-ē , ˈre-pə- \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of repertory

plural repertories
1 : a place where something may be found : repository
2 a : 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

  1. She acted in repertory for many years.

  2. It is true that we appeal to design in our ordinary experience and even in science. Anthropologists argue to past human activity from the meager evidence of flaked pieces of rock. But we have a vast repertory of knowledge about what does or does not reflect human activity; and this allows for empirical tests. —“What’s Scientific about It?” P. 8, John Boler, COMMONWEAL Vol. CXXXII No. 19, November 4, 2005

  3. Wine is the attraction at The Tasting Room, a two-story lounge with perfect skyline views. The bar has a long list of handcrafted wines, plus one of my favorite innovations—nose-tickling, beautifully ripe cheeses arranged in “flights,” which are samples of three or four sheep’s-milk, goat’s-milk, or farmstead cheeses from a repertory of about 40. —“Eating It Up” P. 107, William Rice, GOURMET Vol. LXIII No. 2, February 2003

  4. Which do you prefer? I have enjoyed them both. One thing that was good about the order I did them in was at the local level, I got a chance to try and implement some of the policy-making and big-picture stuff we used to talk about at the state level. It was easy to make it into a repertory of innovation and try out some things we needed to talk about. That is harder to do in the larger environment. I have a real appreciation for the fact that, at any level, technology is just a tool. Sometimes it’s the best and most appropriate tool, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes there are better more efficient, more effective ways to deliver service that don’t require a lot of technology, and that’s something that’s played out even more directly at the local level. Changing the way people think about their work, their jobs or the way they view being in public service is easier in local government than state government. —“CIO” P. 12, Catherine Pickavet, GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY, December 2003

  5. Sugar syrup, however, is a basic preparation that has not made it into the repertories of most home cooks, though in the past it was a staple. —“The Minimalist” P. F3, Mark Bittman, THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 17, 2002

  6. Like its creator, the opera has spent decades prowling around the margins of the repertory, catching nods of grudging respect for its sheer synthetic brilliance, but little more than that. The work's size, scope, and technical demands prevent it from being much heard or much seen. —"The Man Who Knew ..." P. 30, Jeremy Eichler, THE NEW REPUBLIC Vol. 224 No. 11, March 12, 2001

  7. With his bulldog demeanor and a repertory of sinking pitches designed to keep the ball on the ground, Hampton seems well-suited for his new park. He made an eloquent statement in his first game with the Rockies, pitching eight and one-third shutout innings in an 8-0 victory over Kile and the Cardinals in Denver. —"Ex-New Yorkers Find Niche in Colorado" P. 2, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 6, 2001

  8. Blade's repertory includes an overpowering riseball, a dropball that breaks straight down, —"Softball" P. 4, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 28, 2000

  9. In fact, Chaney and Carlo feel that adaptability has been the key to the Music Box’s success. As Chaney succinctly puts it, “The key to running a theater is booking what the audience wants to see. No audiences, no theater.” Even as they were starting in the daily-change repertory booking, the advent of video was chipping away at the repertory market. As more films became available on video, people increasingly chose to rent rather than go out. So the Music Box adapted again. In 1985, they started booking first-run independent films that were too big for the small independent cinemas but too small for the big chains. —“Entertainment” P. 29, Hank Sartin, WINDY CITY (IL) TIMES Vol. 8 No. 47, August 5, 1993

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Origin and Etymology of repertory

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

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Definition of repertory for English Language Learners

  • : 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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noun rep·er·to·ry \ ˈre-pər-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of repertory for Students

plural repertories

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