- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
- the writ by which the call is made.
Origin of summons
OTHER WORDS FROM summonsnon·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
How to use summons in a sentence
Miss Stark, 56, has been summonsed to appear before Hammersmith magistrates on Friday.Sad Decline of Andrew's ex: Koo Stark to Appear in Court on Theft Charges|Tom Sykes|October 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We often hear such expressions as "I will summons him," instead of summon him; and "He was summonsed," instead of summoned.The Verbalist|Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
And the farmer is going to find some of his friends in town and get the brute summonsed in the police-court.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
Dangerous witnesses were shipped to places whence they could not be summonsed.In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for summons
- an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
- the writ making such an orderCompare warrant