summons

[ suhm-uh nz ]
/ ˈsʌm ənz /

noun, plural sum·mons·es.

an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
Law.
  1. a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
  2. the writ by which the call is made.
an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.

verb (used with object)

to serve with a summons; summon.

Origin of summons

1250–1300; Middle English somons < Anglo-French; Old French somonse < Vulgar Latin *summonsa, for Latin summonita, feminine past participle of summonēre; see summon

Related forms

non·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.

Definition for summons (2 of 2)

summon

[ suhm-uh n ]
/ ˈsʌm ən /

verb (used with object)

to call upon to do something specified.
to call for the presence of, as by command, message, or signal; call.
to call or notify to appear at a specified place, especially before a court: to summon a defendant.
to authorize or order a gathering of; call together by authority, as for deliberation or action: to summon parliament.
to call into action; rouse; call forth (often. followed by up): to summon all one's courage.

Origin of summon

1175–1225; < Medieval Latin summonēre to summon, Latin: to remind unofficially, suggest, equivalent to sum- sum- + monēre to remind, warn; replacing Middle English somonen < Old French semondre, somondre < Vulgar Latin *summonere, Latin summonēre, as above

Related forms

Synonym study

1–3. See call.
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British Dictionary definitions for summons (1 of 2)

summons

/ (ˈsʌmənz) /

noun plural -monses

a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
  1. an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
  2. the writ making such an orderCompare warrant
a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting

verb

to take out a summons against (a person)

Word Origin for summons

C13: from Old French somonse, from somondre to summon

British Dictionary definitions for summons (2 of 2)

summon

/ (ˈsʌmən) /

verb (tr)

to order to come; send for, esp to attend court, by issuing a summons
to order or instruct (to do something) or call (to something)the bell summoned them to their work
to call upon to meet or convene
(often foll by up) to muster or gather (one's strength, courage, etc)

Derived Forms

summonable, adjective

Word Origin for summon

C13: from Latin summonēre to give a discreet reminder, from monēre to advise
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