- Usually reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.
- a repetition.
- a return to the first theme or subject.
- to execute a repetition of; repeat: They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act.
Origin of reprise
Examples from the Web for reprise
This week, he had Brian Williams reprise his role as newsman-turned-jazzman.Swimming Owls, Jane Krakowski’s Peter Pan Live! Audition, and More Viral Videos
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December 7, 2014
She has signed on to reprise her role as Jackie Kennedy in the Reelz drama, The Kennedys: After Camelot.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
Jack Nicholson was also approached to reprise his role as the Joker.The 11 Worst Sequel Ideas to Come out of Hollywood
November 20, 2013
Christian Bale was reportedly offered $50 million to reprise the role of Batman in Superman vs. Batman.Christian Bale Offered $50 Million for Batman, Woody Allen Plays a Pimp
August 13, 2013
The vice president has to be himself, not a reprise of a miscast LBJ.Washington’s Endless Civil War
January 11, 2013
The French have two words for these two sounds—the cri and the reprise.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
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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
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
This is gradually appassionated until it is merged into the reprise of the first movement proper.
- the repeating of an earlier theme
- to repeat (an earlier theme)
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.)).