Definition of repartee in English:

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repartee

Pronunciation: /ˌrepərˈtē/
/ˌrepˌärˈtē/
/ˌrepˌärˈtā/

noun

Conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies.
Example sentences
  • You always seem to have a quick remark or witty repartee.
  • Madcap banter and witty repartee were the way everyone conversed.
  • Vithabai with her quick repartee and imaginative extempore dialogues and a vibrating singing voice brought about many changes in the Tamasha performance repertoire.
Synonyms
banter, badinage, bantering, raillery, witticism(s), ripostes, sallies, quips, joking, jesting
formal persiflage

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French repartie 'replied promptly', feminine past participle of repartir, from re- 'again' + partir 'divide, depart'.

Words that rhyme with repartee

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