Definition of repartee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌrepɑːˈtiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌrepɑːrˈtiː//
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clever and amusing comments and replies that are made quickly She engaged him in witty repartee. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French repartie ‘replied promptly’, feminine past participle of repartir, from re- ‘again’ + partir ‘set off’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: repartee