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repertoire

or répertoire

[rep-er-twahr, -twawr, rep-uh-] /ˈrɛp ərˌtwɑr, -ˌtwɔr, ˈrɛp ə-/
noun
1.
the list of dramas, operas, parts, pieces, etc., that a company, actor, singer, or the like, is prepared to perform.
2.
the entire stock of works existing in a particular artistic field:
A new play has been added to the theatrical repertoire.
3.
the entire stock of skills, techniques, or devices used in a particular field or occupation:
a magician's repertoire.
Origin of repertoire
1840-1850
1840-50; < French < Late Latin repertōrium catalogue, inventory. See repertory
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  • His repertoire was, therefore, extensive and at times astonishing.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The repertoire of even the best amateur is apt to be a small one.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • I intend to play all your plays in a repertoire, and you're to write me others as I need them.

    The Light of the Star Hamlin Garland
  • These met with success, and are still in the repertoire of the Comedie Francaise.

  • One of them has completely disappeared from the repertoire of the lyric stage.

British Dictionary definitions for repertoire

repertoire

/ˈrɛpəˌtwɑː/
noun
1.
all the plays, songs, operas, or other works collectively that a company, actor, singer, dancer, etc, has prepared and is competent to perform
2.
the entire stock of things available in a field or of a kind: the comedian's repertoire of jokes was becoming stale
3.
in repertoire, denoting the performance of two or more plays, ballets, etc, by the same company in the same venue on different evenings over a period of time: ``Nutcracker'' returns to Covent Garden over Christmas in repertoire with ``Giselle''
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Late Latin repertōrium inventory; see repertory
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Word Origin and History for repertoire
n.

"a stock of plays, songs, etc., which a performer or company has studied and is ready to perform," 1847, from French répertoire, literally "index, list" (14c.), from Late Latin repertorium "inventory" (see repertory).

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