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[ri-poz-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /rɪˈpɒz ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural repositories.
a receptacle or place where things are deposited, stored, or offered for sale:
a repository for discarded clothing.
an abundant source or supply; storehouse:
a repository of information.
a burial place; sepulcher.
a person to whom something is entrusted or confided.
Chiefly British. warehouse.
Origin of repository
1475-85; < Latin repositōrium that in which anything is placed; see reposit, -tory2
1. depot, storehouse, depository. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Said to be the repository of more European secrets than any European statesman since Bismarck.

  • His book is a repository of the most startling facts of this description.

  • These I took from their repository when the attraction of my watch showed signs of failing.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
  • As may be imagined he was a repository of much valuable and varied information.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • But the word-store of an international tongue must not be a golden treasury of art, a repository of "bigotry and virtue."

    International Language Walter J. Clark
  • He was the friend, confidant, and repository of all their troubles.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
British Dictionary definitions for repository


/rɪˈpɒzɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
a place or container in which things can be stored for safety
a place where things are kept for exhibition; museum
a place where commodities are kept before being sold; warehouse
a place of burial; sepulchre
a receptacle containing the relics of the dead
a person to whom a secret is entrusted; confidant
Word Origin
C15: from Latin repositōrium, from repōnere to place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for repository

late 15c., "vessel, etc., for storage," Middle French repositoire or directly from Late Latin repositorium "store," in classical Latin, "a stand on which food is placed," from noun use of repositus, past participle of reponere "put away, store" (see repose (v.2)). Figurative use is recorded from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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