[ in-ter-puh-ley-shuh n, in-tur-puh- ]
/ ˌɪn tər pəˈleɪ ʃən, ɪnˌtɜr pə- /


a procedure in some legislative bodies of asking a government official to explain an act or policy, sometimes leading, in parliamentary government, to a vote of confidence or a change of government.

Origin of interpellation

1520–30; < Latin interpellātiōn- (stem of interpellātiō) interruption. See interpellate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for interpellation



late 15c., "an appeal," from Latin interpellationem, noun of action from past participle stem of interpellare "to interrupt by speaking," from inter "between" (see inter-) + pellare, collateral form of pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper