Definition of rejoinder in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈjoindər/


1A reply, especially a sharp or witty one: she would have made some cutting rejoinder but none came to mind
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  • The new reality of policing war zones is a sharp rejoinder to that work but not the first time the modern British army has faced pressures - the most notable example being Northern Ireland.
  • Before Kate can respond with a witty rejoinder about geese, a waiter oozes forth and demands drink orders.
  • There's so many witty rejoinders to choose from.
1.1 Law , dated A defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s reply or replication.
Example sentences
  • ‘Answer’ was given to this bill, replies were allowed to the ‘answer’ and rejoinders to the replies were allowed, and so on.
  • At the end of the defence case, the Prosecutor may present evidence in rebuttal, then the defence may present evidence in rejoinder, and the Court may have evidence ordered by it to be presented (court evidence).
  • In dissent, Justice Breyer provides the rejoinder.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French rejoindre (infinitive used as a noun) (see rejoin2).

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Syllabification: re·join·der

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