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[rep-er-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈrɛp ərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural repertories.
a type of theatrical presentation in which a company presents several works regularly or in alternate sequence in one season.
a theatrical company that presents productions in this manner.
a store or stock of things available.
Origin of repertory
1545-55; < Late Latin repertōrium inventory, equivalent to Latin reper(īre) to discover, find, make up (re- re- + -perīre, combining form of parere to bring forth, produce) + -tōrium -tory2
Related forms
repertorial, adjective Unabridged
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  • Could anything be more dull than the life of an actor in a repertory theatre?

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • The Odon opened its doors to the public with a repertory programme.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • They trotted out all their repertory of quaint local songs for my benefit.

  • Give her time and she would walk straight through the repertory.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • The repertory of the Weimar opera, from this time on, was most extraordinary.

  • His repertory always increased and he was ever ready to entertain us.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • The representamen is the repertory of signs that are identified in the market.

British Dictionary definitions for repertory


/ˈrɛpətərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
the entire stock of things available in a field or of a kind; repertoire
a building or place where a stock of things is kept; repository
short for repertory company
Derived Forms
repertorial, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin repertōrium storehouse, from Latin reperīre to obtain, from re- + parere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for repertory

1550s, "an index, list, catalogue," from Late Latin repertorium "inventory, list," from Latin repertus, past participle of reperire "to find, get, invent," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + parire, archaic form of paerere "produce, bring forth," from PIE root *per- "attempt" (see parent (n.)). Meaning "list of performances" is first recorded 1845, from Anglicized use of repertoire; repertory theater is attested from 1896. Related: Repertorial.

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