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. 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 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 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 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 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 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 Blade's repertory includes an overpowering riseball, a dropball that breaks straight down, —"Softball" P. 4, THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 28, 2000 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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At a post-show talk on Wednesday, the co-artistic directors and two of the group’s performers noted that the eight-dance repertory for this run was chosen to feature vintage favorites. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Company’s Classics Take the Stage," 17 June 2019 Choose Your Identity Luminario Ballet performs favorite repertory with special guests including aerialist Dreya Weber and singer-songwriter Tawny Ellis. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal dance listings, June 16-23: Luminario Ballet, American Contemporary Ballet and more," 14 June 2019 The theater located in The Bloc mall will have 12 screens and will open with a slate of independent and major release films, as well as repertory titles featuring beloved classics and hard-to-find cult favorites. James Hibberd,, "Alamo Drafthouse to finally open long-awaited Los Angeles theater," 19 June 2019 Next week the production by Alexei Ratmansky returns to American Ballet Theater repertory at the Metropolitan Opera House. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "In ‘Firebird,’ the Choreographer’s Art Is in Storytelling," 15 May 2018 By showcasing eight different songwriters and songwriting teams, these albums esteemed each writer’s output as a body of work, canonized many of the songs, and raised respect for the repertory. ... John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Enduring Art of Ella Fitzgerald’s Most Ambitious Album," 5 Feb. 2019 Between Us TheatreFirst presents seven intimate solo shows over two programs in repertory, spotlighting historical figures and everyday people at historic moments in time. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of Feb. 18," 14 Feb. 2018 Carlo Maria Giulini introduced Rossini’s setting of the medieval Latin poem about the grieving Virgin Mary at the cross of Jesus into the CSO repertory in 1972. John Von Rhein,, "Muti leads CSO and Chorus in stirring season finale, Rossini's Stabat Mater," 22 June 2018 Millepied's ballets, about one-third of the repertory, are balletic yet grounded. Laura Bleiberg,, "The guide to dance in L.A.: 12 standout companies to know and how to see them," 10 May 2018

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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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