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 Santa Barbara’s State Street Ballet streams filmed performances of new works plus favorite repertory. Los Angeles Times, "16 culture picks: Kamasi Washington’s Michelle Obama score, Kristina Wong onstage," 29 Oct. 2020 Contrasting with mostly standard repertory these days from the Dallas and Fort Worth symphony orchestras, weekend concerts by Fort Worth’s Sounds Modern and Dallas' Voices of Change mainly stuck to the 20th and 21st centuries. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Two area ensembles trace modern classical music’s spirit of innovation," 20 Oct. 2020 Does partnering in the classical balletic repertory necessarily imply that the woman is weak? Joel Lobenthal, WSJ, "‘Ballet in the Cold War’ Review: Diplomacy in Dance," 2 Oct. 2020 Put up the marquee at America’s Sweetheart repertory in smalltown Georgia, Julia Roberts—theaters have a chance at roaring back, and in locations outside of typical bastions of filmic arts. Jordan Crucchiola, Wired, "On the Future of (Going to the) Movies," 1 Oct. 2020 One revival of an existing production from MOT’s repertory. Mark Stryker,, "Michigan Opera Theatre lands ‘genius’ Yuval Sharon as artistic director," 9 Sep. 2020 One standard repertory work delivered in more experimental fashion. Mark Stryker,, "Michigan Opera Theatre lands ‘genius’ Yuval Sharon as artistic director," 9 Sep. 2020 His life’s passion was to restore the guitar’s reputation as a serious instrument, to bring its acres of repertory to the public, and to open their eyes to its beauty. The Economist, "Passion plays Julian Bream died on August 14th," 22 Aug. 2020 No dates, venue or specific repertory have been announced yet. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Ballet planning 'Nutcracker' with a few changes," 8 Aug. 2020

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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