[ ri-join-der ]
/ rɪˈdʒɔɪn dər /


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

Origin of rejoinder

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

Related forms

non·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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