Fast-paced dialogue between hosts of a great, clever and funny talk show is an example of repartee.
Origin of repartee
- French repartie from feminine past participle of repartir to retort from Old French to retort, to depart again re- re- partir to depart (from Latin partīre to divide) (from pars part- part perə-2 in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French repartie, deverbal of repartir (“to retort")