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[suhm-uh nz]
noun, plural sum·mons·es.
  1. an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
  2. a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
  3. 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.
  4. an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
  5. a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to serve with a summons; summon.
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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 formsnon·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
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Examples from the Web for summonsed

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Historical Examples of summonsed

  • 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 summonsed


noun plural -monses
  1. 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
  2. a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
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  1. to take out a summons against (a person)
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Word Origin for summons

C13: from Old French somonse, from somondre to summon
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