- 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 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 rÃ©primande, from rÃ©primer (“to repress").