[ ri-join-der ]
/ rɪˈdʒɔɪn dər /


an answer to a reply; response.
Law. a defendant's answer to a plaintiff's replication.

Nearby words

  1. rejigger,
  2. rejoice,
  3. rejoice in,
  4. rejoicing,
  5. rejoin,
  6. rejuvenate,
  7. rejuvenation,
  8. rejuvenesce,
  9. rejuvenescence,
  10. rejuvenescent

Origin of rejoinder

1475–85; < Middle French rejoindre (noun use of infinitive); see rejoin2

Related formsnon·re·join·der, noun

Synonym study

1. See answer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rejoinder


/ (rɪˈdʒɔɪndə) /


a reply or response to a question or remark, esp a quick witty one; retort
law (in pleading) the answer made by a defendant to the claimant's reply

Word Origin for rejoinder

C15: from Old French rejoindre to rejoin ²

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Word Origin and History for rejoinder



mid-15c., from Middle French noun use of rejoindre (see rejoin (v.2)). Originally "defendant's answer to the replication" (the fourth stage in the pleadings in an action at common law). For noun use of infinitive in French law terms, cf. waiver.

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