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Definition of "repartee" [rep•ar•tee]

  • A swift, witty reply. (noun)
  • Conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts. See Synonyms at wit1. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "repartee" in a sentence
  • "French people generally have always admired a command of words and wit, an elegance of expression and a sharpness of mind expressing itself in repartee, and even in France Paris is particularly famous for it."
  • "A young Irish newsboy, with a gift for quips and repartee, is named Oscar Wilde."
  • "“I love to engage in repartee with people who are stupider than I am,” Coulter told the 2,600 people at Jorgensen Auditorium."