- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
- the writ by which the call is made.
Origin of summons
OTHER WORDS FROM summonsnon·sum·mons, nounre·sum·mons, noun, plural re·sum·mons·es.
How to use summons in a sentence
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.
I will yield prompt response to all summonses, I having knowledge of same, Providence alone preventing.The Modern Ku Klux Klan|Henry Peck Fry
As soon as he could be located writs, summonses, and orders to appear and show cause showered on Joe.The Boss of Wind River|David Goodger (email@example.com)
This gave the Manchester Court jurisdiction to issue the summonses, which were for sums of under two pounds.
Some time ago I made a careful examination of some 460 judgment summonses taken consecutively.
It is full of summonses, copies of affidavits, draft instructions, and I know not what.
British Dictionary definitions for summons
- 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