Definition of repertory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛpət(ə)ri/

noun (plural repertories)

1 [mass noun] The 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 theatres regarded collectively: his long apprenticeship in repertory was as satisfying as what he is doing now
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  • 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.
1.2 [count noun] A repertory company: regional repertories and touring companies
2 another term for repertoire. a fair conspectus of Ferrier’s repertory has been preserved for posterity
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  • 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: most countries produce several periodical repertories of useful information
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  • 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.


Mid 16th century (denoting an index or catalogue): 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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