[ ri-join-der ]
See synonyms for rejoinder on
  1. an answer to a reply; response.

  2. Law. a defendant's answer to a plaintiff's replication.

Origin of rejoinder

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

synonym study For rejoinder

1. See answer.

Other words for rejoinder

Other words from rejoinder

  • non·re·join·der, noun

Words Nearby rejoinder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rejoinder in a sentence

  • "The authority of Mademoiselle de La Vauvraye," was the unanswerable rejoinder.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Without waiting for Mata's rejoinder, Um-ko, who had heard the words of the priest, now came swiftly to the veranda.

    The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • After a few words from Mr. Harvey in rejoinder, his amendment was put and negatived without a division.

  • "The 'ragamuffin' always speaks of his enemies with courtesy, and the filibusters love their leader," was her pointed rejoinder.

  • "He would be an exceedingly unreasonable man who could find fault with such a wife as mine," was his smiling rejoinder.

British Dictionary definitions for rejoinder


/ (rɪˈdʒɔɪndə) /

  1. a reply or response to a question or remark, esp a quick witty one; retort

  2. law (in pleading) the answer made by a defendant to the claimant's reply

Origin of rejoinder

C15: from Old French rejoindre to rejoin ²

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