- 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
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Examples from the Web for repository
Outdated views on family honor—which see women as its repository—have a lot to answer for.How India’s Honor Culture Perpetuates Mass Rape
July 14, 2014
Nobody could object to the way in which the cases were carried from the elevator and set upon stanchions at the repository.A Final Burial at Ground Zero
May 10, 2014
And yet that just contributed to the local lore of the state as a repository for rugged Americana.Heroin Threatens Vermont’s Rural Paradise
February 19, 2014
The library was so enormous that it was too large for any repository to digest and was therefore sold off over several years.What Can You Learn About Writers From Their Personal Libraries?
September 17, 2013
It is a repository of knowledge as to early science and philosophy.Understanding the Scriptures
Italy was, and still is, the repository of all the chief MSS.The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1
His book is a repository of the most startling facts of this description.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
As may be imagined he was a repository of much valuable and varied information.In Eastern Seas
J. J. Smith
He was the friend, confidant, and repository of all their troubles.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man
Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
- 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 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.