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[ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3] /rɪˈpraɪz for 1; rəˈpriz for 2, 3/
Usually, reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.
  1. a repetition.
  2. a return to the first theme or subject.
verb (used with object), reprised, reprising.
to execute a repetition of; repeat:
They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act.
Origin of reprise
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French: a taking back, Old French, noun use of feminine past participle of reprendre to take back < Latin reprehendere to reprehend
Can be confused
reprisal, reprise. Unabridged
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  • The French have two words for these two sounds—the cri and the reprise.

  • This is followed by the reprise of the first and second subjects.

  • The reprise of the dance was brief, and he had to surrender her from his embrace.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • And at the very spot on the floor where any object contained in the bowl would have fallen, came a reprise of the bell note!

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
  • This is gradually appassionated until it is merged into the reprise of the first movement proper.

British Dictionary definitions for reprise


the repeating of an earlier theme
to repeat (an earlier theme)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; see reprehend
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Word Origin and History for reprise

late 14c., "yearly deduction from charges upon a manor or estate," from Old French reprise "act of taking back" (13c.), fem. of repris, past participle of reprendre "take back," from Latin reprendere, earlier reprehendere, earlier reprehendere (see reprehend). Meaning "resumption of an action" is from 1680s. Musical sense is from 1879.


early 15c., from Old French repris, past participle of reprendre (see reprise (v.)).

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