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.
Recent Examples on the Web Soon after, Biden No. 3 appears, this one portrayed by current repertory player Alex Moffat, whose time as the president was extremely short-lived. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Most listeners will rightly meditate on the core repertory, much of which was re-recorded by the same or similar forces, as was the fashion then. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 During his monologue, Rudd performed to an empty room alongside fellow Five-Timers Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, and Steve Martin on-video, as well as repertory player Kenan Thompson and definitely not Martin Short. Jd Knapp,, 19 Dec. 2021 But Battle, 49, has transformed that repertory nevertheless. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Here’s to the stunning performances of Emily Davis and Deirdre O’Connell, each the conveyor of extraordinary technique in this pair of short plays that ran in repertory at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 The company’s repertory, which has improved during the tenure of the artistic director, Robert Battle, allows for more choices. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2021 For Dena Abergel, City Ballet’s children’s repertory director, the height requirement can be a source of anguish. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 The current repertory is The Ding Dongs by Brenda Withers, Is Edward Snowden Single? Helen Shaw, Vulture, 11 Nov. 2021

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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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“Repertory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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