How is the word ‘repertoire' pronounced?
(S.K. Vignesh, Bangalore)
The ‘e' in the first syllable is like the ‘e' in ‘net', ‘met', and ‘let', while the second ‘e' sounds like the ‘a' in ‘china'. The ‘o' is pronounced like the ‘w' in ‘when', ‘why' and ‘what', and the final ‘ire' like the ‘a' in ‘bath', ‘father', and ‘path'. The word is pronounced ‘RE-pe-twaa' with the stress on the first syllable. This is just one of the ways of pronouncing the word. ‘Repertoire' comes from the Latin ‘repertorium' meaning ‘inventory'.
The word was originally used to refer to the list of plays, songs or dances that an artist or a group was capable of performing. Nowadays, the word is being used to refer to the skills that an individual has which enables him to perform different tasks.
*Surabhi's repertoire is limited when it comes to cooking.
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