[rep-er-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

noun, plural rep·er·to·ries.

a type of theatrical presentation in which a company presents several works regularly or in alternate sequence in one season.
a theatrical company that presents productions in this manner.
a store or stock of things available.

Origin of repertory

1545–55; < Late Latin repertōrium inventory, equivalent to Latin reper(īre) to discover, find, make up (re- re- + -perīre, combining form of parere to bring forth, produce) + -tōrium -tory2
Related formsrep·er·to·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for repertory

Contemporary Examples of repertory

Historical Examples of repertory

  • Could anything be more dull than the life of an actor in a repertory theatre?

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The Odon opened its doors to the public with a repertory programme.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • They trotted out all their repertory of quaint local songs for my benefit.

  • Give her time and she would walk straight through the repertory.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The repertory of the Weimar opera, from this time on, was most extraordinary.

British Dictionary definitions for repertory


noun plural -ries

the entire stock of things available in a field or of a kind; repertoire
a building or place where a stock of things is kept; repository
Derived Formsrepertorial, adjective

Word Origin for repertory

C16: from Late Latin repertōrium storehouse, from Latin reperīre to obtain, from re- + parere to bring forth
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Word Origin and History for repertory

1550s, "an index, list, catalogue," from Late Latin repertorium "inventory, list," from Latin repertus, past participle of reperire "to find, get, invent," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + parire, archaic form of paerere "produce, bring forth," from PIE root *per- "attempt" (see parent (n.)). Meaning "list of performances" is first recorded 1845, from Anglicized use of repertoire; repertory theater is attested from 1896. Related: Repertorial.

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