late 14c., "yearly deduction from charges upon a manor or estate," from Old French reprise "act of taking back" (13c.), fem. of repris, past participle of reprendre "take back," from Latin reprendere"pull back, hold back" (see reprehend). The meaning "resumption of an action" is attested from 1680s. The musical sense of "a repeated passage, act of repeating a passage" is by 1879.
early 15c., reprisen, "begin (an activity) again," from Old French repris, past participle of reprendre (see reprise (v.)). Obsolete in this sense; the modern meaning "repeat a (theatrical, musical, etc.) performance" is by 1965, perhaps a new formation from the verb. Related: Reprised; reprising.
updated on July 14, 2021