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
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 About Nothing in repertory June 10-July 19 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Shakespeare Dallas’ summer outdoor season has been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus," 17 Apr. 2020 Rewind is an occasional column covering revived, restored and rediscovered movies playing in New York’s repertory theaters. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "A Russian Filmmaker’s Travelogue of Hell," 20 Feb. 2020 Initially, Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist first-run and repertory titles are headed to the Kino Marquee platform until theaters are able to reopen. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kino Lorber Launches Online Movie Theater Amid Coronavirus Pandemic," 19 Mar. 2020 Under these decades-old music licensing rules, the two largest organizations that administer the performance rights of many songwriters and music publishers must offer a blanket license to their repertory of works upon request. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Trump's Enforcer: Meet the Man Who Holds Hollywood and Silicon Valley's Future in His Hands," 12 Feb. 2020 Oropesa had never sung Manon, which is one of the most demanding roles in the French repertory. Mike Silverman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After overseas triumphs, soprano returns to Met Opera," 1 Oct. 2019 Along with plenty of standard repertory, offerings will include recent works by Joby Talbot (whose new opera The Diving Bell and the Butterfly will premiere in March 2021 by the Dallas Opera), Jennifer Higdon and Christopher Theofanidis. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony announces 2020-21 season," 29 Jan. 2020 Those last two later became part of the Cincinnati Ballet repertory. David Lyman,, "You've never seen 'The Wizard of Oz' like this," 21 Oct. 2019 The flight of many of Spain’s most successful musicians and filmmakers could mean the loss of a majority of the repertory that SGAE manages. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Hundreds of Musical Artists and Film Directors Announce Defection From SGAE: Reports," 3 Oct. 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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“Repertory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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


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

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