[ in-ter-pel-eyt, in-tur-puh-leyt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈpɛl eɪt, ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), in·ter·pel·lat·ed, in·ter·pel·lat·ing.

to call formally upon (a minister or member of a government) in interpellation.

Origin of interpellate

1590–1600; < Latin interpellātus past participle of interpellāre to interrupt, equivalent to inter- inter- + -pellā(re) to speak + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsin·ter·pel·la·tor [in-ter-puh-ley-ter, in-tur-puh-ley-] /ˈɪn tər pəˌleɪ tər, ɪnˈtɜr pəˌleɪ-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interpellate


/ (ɪnˈtɜːpɛˌleɪt) /


(tr) parliamentary procedure (in European legislatures) to question (a member of the government) on a point of government policy, often interrupting the business of the day
Derived Formsinterpellation, nouninterpellator, noun

Word Origin for interpellate

C16: from Latin interpellāre to disturb, from inter- + pellere to push
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Word Origin and History for interpellate



1590s, from Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare "to interrupt by speaking" (see interpellation). Related: Interpellated; interpellating.

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