[koh-di-fen-duh nt]


a joint defendant.

Origin of codefendant

First recorded in 1630–40; co- + defendant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for codefendant

Contemporary Examples of codefendant

Historical Examples of codefendant

  • When publicly censured our first instinct is to make everybody a codefendant.

    A Cynic Looks at Life

    Ambrose Bierce

Word Origin and History for codefendant

also co-defendant, 1640s, from co- + defendant.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper