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)
Words nearby summons
Origin of summons
OTHER WORDS FROM summonsnon·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
Examples from the Web for summonses
Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination fell 94 percent—from 4,831 to 300.
He spent nine hours in jail and he was issued three summonses.
In two months the statue was devoured, before it was erected, and the succession of protests and summonses began again.The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)|Alphonse Daudet
But, I shall be told, there will be appeals on the ground of abuse, summonses and decrees; the temporalities will be seized.The Social Contract & Discourses|Jean-Jacques Rousseau
It is therefore surprising to find that summonses for surrender were still being sent into Lathom.The Great Civil War in Lancashire (1642-1651)|Ernest Broxap
One of these summonses to Stowe, the antiquary, with his memoranda on the back, exists in the Ashmolean Museum.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)|Isaac Disraeli
The County Court bailiff was here with some summonses, which, of course, he put in the fire.'Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour|R. S. Surtees
British Dictionary definitions for summonses
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