[ rep-er-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈrɛp ərˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /

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.

Nearby words

  1. repercussion,
  2. repercussive,
  3. reperepe,
  4. reperforator,
  5. repertoire,
  6. repertory company,
  7. repertory society,
  8. repertory theater,
  9. repetend,
  10. repetition

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

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British Dictionary definitions for repertory


/ (ˈrɛpətərɪ, -trɪ) /

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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