[ ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3 ]
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  1. Usually reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like.

  2. Music.

    • a repetition.

    • a return to the first theme or subject.

verb (used with object),re·prised, re·pris·ing.
  1. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for reprise


/ (rɪˈpriːz) music /

  1. the repeating of an earlier theme

  1. to repeat (an earlier theme)

Origin of reprise

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

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