[ rep-er-tee, -tey, -ahr- ]
/ ˌrɛp ərˈti, -ˈteɪ, -ɑr- /


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

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


2 banter, sparring, fencing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for repartee

/ (ˌrɛpɑːˈtiː) /


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
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