Definition of repêchage in English:

repêchage

noun

  • (in rowing and other sports) a contest in which the best-placed of those who failed to win heats compete for a place in the final.

    • ‘In fact at the Sydney Olympics they were out after the repêchage.’
    • ‘Other competitors with the best times may also qualify for the next round indirectly as "fastest losers" as a result of the repêchage.’
    • ‘During the 2007 Rugby World Cup qualification, there were two repêchage positions available for the finals tournament.’

Origin

Early 20th century: French, from repêcher fish out, rescue.

Pronunciation:

repêchage

/ˈrɛpəʃɑːʒ/