summons

[ suhm-uh nz ]
/ ˈsʌm ənz /
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noun, plural sum·mons·es.

an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
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.
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.

verb (used with object)

to serve with a summons; summon.

Nearby words

  1. summit,
  2. summit meeting,
  3. summiteer,
  4. summitry,
  5. summon,
  6. summum bonam,
  7. summum bonum,
  8. sumner,
  9. sumner, charles,
  10. sumner, william graham

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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British Dictionary definitions for summonses

summons

/ (ˈsʌmənz) /

noun plural -monses

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
a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting

verb

to take out a summons against (a person)

Word Origin for summons

C13: from Old French somonse, from somondre to summon

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