- an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
- a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for summonsed
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
October 2, 2012
- a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
- 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
- a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
- to take out a summons against (a person)
C13: from Old French somonse, from somondre to summon