April 25, 2017
repository (noun)
\rih-PAH-zuh-tor-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a place or container where something is deposited or stored2 : one that contains or stores something immaterial
How do you use it?
The Royal Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt was one of the largest repositories of knowledge in the ancient world.
Are you a word wiz?

One of the following choices contains another meaning of "repository." Which one do you think it is?

The other sense of "repository" is at answer C, a sense that famous American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson used when he wrote "the air I breathe is drawn from the great repositories of nature. . ." in his essay called "History." "Repository" has been part of the English language since the 1400s, deriving from Latin "reponere," "to replace." A later related verb, "reposit," means "to deposit" or "to store." "Reposit" and "repository" are also related to "repose," which before the mid-1700s also meant "to deposit" and now means "to place confidence or trust in someone." This "repose" is unrelated to the "repose" meaning "rest."
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