noun, plural sum·mons·es.
- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
- the writ by which the call is made.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of summons
OTHER WORDS FROM summonsnon·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
Example sentences from the Web for summons
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
Dangerous witnesses were shipped to places whence they could not be summonsed.In a Little Town|Rupert Hughes
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)
British Dictionary definitions for summons
noun plural -monses
- 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