transitive verb-·lat·ed, -·lat·ing
to question (someone) formally: a form of political challenge to members of the administration in legislative bodies of certain countries
Origin of interpellatefrom Classical Latin interpellatus, past participle of interpellare, to interrupt in speaking from inter-, between + -pellare from pellere, to drive, urge: see felt
(third-person singular simple present interpellates, present participle interpellating, simple past and past participle interpellated)
From Latin interpello.