- Military. mention of a soldier or a unit in orders, usually for gallantry: She received a presidential citation.
- any award or commendation, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty, especially a formal letter or statement recounting a person's achievements.
- a summons, especially to appear in court.
- a document containing such a summons.
- the act of citing or quoting a reference to an authority or a precedent.
- a passage cited; quotation.
- Also cite. a quotation showing a particular word or phrase in context.
- Also cite. mention or enumeration.
Origin of citation
Related Wordsquotation, commendation, summons, saying, reference, mention, quote, illustration, passage, source, example, panegyric, encomium, charge, bidding, salutation, tribute, reward, quoting
Examples from the Web for citation
The university claims students can face a citation or fine for violating the UNO smoking prohibition.The University Of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is Total BS
October 21, 2014
The sort of reader who believes that typing Do you have a citation for that?America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
Saying so is to make a statement so obvious as to defy the need for citation.Palestinian Kids’ PTSD Could Last Generations
August 18, 2014
The 2009 paperback does contain a citation to Prestowitz: footnote 11, page 262.A False Charge Against Fareed Zakaria (UPDATED)
August 14, 2012
Conard relies almost entirely on assertion and citation to support this point.David's Book Club: Unintended Consequences
July 3, 2012
It is elaborate and able, but too long for citation here in full.
And, although the girl is annoyed, it is not on account of the citation.
My authorities for the foregoing chapter are too numerous for citation.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
Since the list begins with maraxi, I assume the error to be in the citation.Diego Collado's Grammar of the Japanese Language
Whether by letters to converse with the managers, or by a citation, it is not certain.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)
- 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
- an official summons to appear in court
- the document containing such a summons
- law the quoting of decided cases to serve as guidance to a court
Word Origin and History for citation
c.1300, "summons, written notice to appear," from Old French citation or directly from Latin citationem (nominative citatio) "a command," noun of action from past participle stem of citare "to summon, urge, call; put in sudden motion, call forward; rouse, excite" (see cite). Meaning "passage cited, quotation" is from 1540s. From 1918 as "a mention in an official dispatch."