[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reprieval,
  2. reprieve,
  3. reprimand,
  4. reprint,
  5. reprisal,
  6. repristinate,
  7. reprivatize,
  8. repro,
  9. repro proof,
  10. reproach

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

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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Word Origin and History for reprised
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