from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An answer, especially to a reply.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. defendant's answer to the replication.
  • n. A quick response that involves disagreement or is witty; especially an answer to a reply.
  • v. To issue a rejoinder.
  • v. To say as a rejoinder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An answer to a reply; or, in general, an answer or reply.
  • n. The defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication.
  • intransitive v. To make a rejoinder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a reply.
  • n. An answer to a reply; in general, an answer.
  • n. In law, the fourth stage in the pleadings in an action at common law, being the defendant's answer to the plaintiff's replication. The next allegation of the plaintiff is called surrejoinder.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
  • n. (law) a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff's replication


Middle English, from Old French rejoindre, to answer, rejoin; see rejoin1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French rejoindre, with infinitive used as noun frequent in Law French. (Wiktionary)


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