[ sahy-tey-shuh n ]
/ saɪˈteɪ ʃən /


Origin of citation

1250–1300; Middle English citacio(u)n < Late Latin citātiōn- (stem of citātiō), equivalent to Latin citāt(us) past participle of citāre (see cite1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

ci·ta·tion·al, adjectivenon·ci·ta·tion, nounpre·ci·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for citation

British Dictionary definitions for citation


/ (saɪˈteɪʃən) /


the quoting of a book or author in support of a fact
a passage or source cited for this purpose
a listing or recounting, as of facts
an official commendation or award, esp for bravery or outstanding service, work, etc, usually in the form of a formal statement made in public
  1. an official summons to appear in court
  2. the document containing such a summons
law the quoting of decided cases to serve as guidance to a court

Derived Forms

citatory (ˈsaɪtətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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