[ in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


conveying or expressing a question; interrogative.

noun, plural in·ter·rog·a·to·ries.

a question; inquiry.
Law. a formal or written question.

Nearby words

  1. interrogative,
  2. interrogative sentence,
  3. interrogator,
  4. interrogator-responsor,
  5. interrogatories,
  6. interrupt,
  7. interrupted,
  8. interrupted fern,
  9. interrupted screw,
  10. interrupted suture

Origin of interrogatory

From the Late Latin word interrogātōrius, dating back to 1525–35. See interrogate, -tory1

Related formsin·ter·rog·a·to·ri·ly [in-tuh-rog-uh-tawr-uh-lee, -tohr-, -rog-uh-tawr-, -tohr-] /ˌɪn təˈrɒg əˌtɔr ə li, -ˌtoʊr-, -ˌrɒg əˈtɔr-, -ˈtoʊr-/, adverbun·in·ter·rog·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interrogatory


/ (ˌɪntəˈrɒɡətərɪ, -trɪ) /


expressing or involving a question

noun plural -tories

a question or interrogation
Derived Formsinterrogatorily, adverb

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Word Origin and History for interrogatory



1570s, from Late Latin interrogatorius "consisting of questions," from past participle stem of interrogare (see interrogation).

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