[leen, lee-uh n]
- Law. the legal claim of one person upon the property of another person to secure the payment of a debt or the satisfaction of an obligation.
Origin of lien1
1525–35; < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin ligāmen tie, bandage, equivalent to ligā(re) to tie + -men noun suffix of result
[lahy-uh n, -en]
- the spleen.
Origin of lien2
1645–55; < Latin liēn spleen
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Examples from the Web for lien
But Lien was a 33 year-old e-commerce executive with his young family.
Lien had been taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Lien kept going and the bikers pursued him, horns beeping, the big buzz now sounding frenzied, furious.
They cut in and out were generally so reckless that Lien became one of 200 citizens who called 911 about bikers that day.
Lien and Ng were celebrating a much happier marker, their first wedding anniversary.
Mr. Keepum had a lien on them; Mr. Keepum was a man of iron-heart.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
His brother proved a lien on it for L300 and the rest went by will to his wife.Put Yourself in His Place
But there was—that of debtor and creditor—a lien not always conferring friendship.The Death Shot
With this object the lien on the common wealth is enlarged and reconstituted.Liberalism
L. T. Hobhouse
The sale of the property was threatened by those who held the lien on the church.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
- law a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt
C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind
Word Origin and History for lien
"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The spleen.
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