repertory (n.)

1550s, "an index, list, catalogue," from Late Latin repertorium "inventory, list," from Latin repertus, past participle of reperire "to find, get, invent," from re-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see re-), + parire, archaic form of paerere "produce, bring forth" (from PIE root *pere- (1) "to produce, procure").

The meaning "list of performances an actor or company can stage" is recorded by 1845, from similar use of French repertoire; repertory theater is attested from 1896. Related: Repertorial.

updated on July 06, 2021