- The definition of a reprimand is a severe or formal scolding by a person of power.
An example of reprimand is a group of teenagers being told by a police officer they are wrong to be in the park after it's closed.
- Reprimand is defined as to severely or formally scold someone.
An example of reprimand is being asked to leave a restaurant by the restaurant manager.
Origin of reprimandFrench réprimande ; from Classical Latin reprimenda, feminine of reprimendus, that is to be repressed ; from reprimere, to repress: see re- and amp; press
transitive verbrep·ri·mand·ed, rep·ri·mand·ing, rep·ri·mands
Origin of reprimandFrench réprimander, from réprimande, a reprimand, alteration (influenced by mander, to order) of obsolete reprimende, from Latin reprimenda (culpa), (fault) to be repressed, feminine gerundive of reprimere, to restrain; see repress.
(third-person singular simple present reprimands, present participle reprimanding, simple past and past participle reprimanded)
- To reprove in a formal or official way.
From French réprimande, from réprimer (“to repress”).