Dictionary.com

repartee

[ rep-er-tee, -tey, -ahr- ]
/ ˌrɛp ərˈti, -ˈteɪ, -ɑr- /
Save This Word!

noun
a quick, witty reply.
conversation full of such replies.
skill in making such replies.

OTHER WORDS FOR repartee

2 banter, sparring, fencing.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of repartee

1635–45; <French repartie retort, noun use of feminine past participle of repartir,Middle French, equivalent to re-re- + partir to part
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use repartee in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for repartee

repartee
/ (ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː) /

noun
a sharp, witty, or aphoristic remark made as a reply
terse rapid conversation consisting of such remarks
skill in making sharp witty replies or conversation

Word Origin for repartee

C17: from French repartie, from repartir to retort, from re- + partir to go away
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK