Definition of repertory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrepə(r)ˌtôrē/

noun (plural repertories)

1The performance of various plays, operas, or ballets by a company at regular short intervals: [as modifier]: a repertory actor
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  • She shares the role in the CanStage production in repertory with white actor Caroline Cave.
  • Sonya Delwaide's Chuchotements and Joanna Haigood's Descending Cords have become standards, and both repertory pieces were beautifully performed.
  • Ruskin Place is Seaside's ‘artist colony,’ with mixed-use buildings and a lawn for the town's repertory theater performances and art shows.
1.1Repertory theaters regarded collectively.
Example sentences
  • When I graduated, I got jobs in professional theatres, repertory, and stock theatres in Canada for a couple of years.
  • He became the first director of Liverpool repertory theatre in 1911, and in 1918 he was awarded an MBE for his services to national entertainment during the First World War.
  • Despite these differences, film production was similar to the mode of production in theatrical repertory theaters.
2 another term for repertoire.
Example sentences
  • For reasons having little to do with music, none of the dances here have held on to the repertory, as the Stravinsky and Copland ballets have, for example.
  • I also had twenty Mozart Concerti in my repertory.
  • Canterbury Choral Society is one of those substantial choruses in Britain that can tackle the biggest works in the repertory with absolute confidence.
2.1A repository or collection, especially of information or retrievable examples.
Example sentences
  • I blanch only slightly when the Wigmore Hall is referred to as a museum: after all, much of our repertory is from the 18th and 19th centuries.



Pronunciation: /ˌrepə(r)ˈtôrēəl/
Example sentences
  • This is perhaps the most repertorial collection of music about sports ever put on disc.


Mid 16th century (denoting an index or catalog): from late Latin repertorium, from Latin repert- 'found, discovered', from the verb reperire. Sense 1 (arising from the fact that a company has a “repertory” of pieces for performance) dates from the late 19th century.

  • A repertory was once an index or catalogue. It comes from late Latin repertorium, from Latin reperire ‘find, discover’.

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Syllabification: rep·er·to·ry

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