[ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3]


Usually reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.
  1. a repetition.
  2. a return to the first theme or subject.

verb (used with object), re·prised, re·pris·ing.

to execute a repetition of; repeat: They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act.

Origin of reprise

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French: a taking back, Old French, noun use of feminine past participle of reprendre to take back < Latin reprehendere to reprehend
Can be confusedreprisal reprise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the repeating of an earlier theme


to repeat (an earlier theme)

Word Origin for reprise

C14: from Old French, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; see reprehend
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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.)).

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