[ ri-prahyz for 1; ruh-preez for 2, 3 ]
/ rɪˈpraɪz for 1; rəˈpriz 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 confused

reprisal reprise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reprised

British Dictionary definitions for reprised


/ (rɪˈpriːz) music /


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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