The definition of a lien is a claim on property as security to make sure someone repays money they’ve borrowed.(noun)
An example of a lien is a bank holding the title to a car until the car loan has been completely paid.
See lien in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < L ligamen, a band < ligare, to bind, tie: see ligature
See lien in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: French, tie, bond
Origin: , from Old French, constraint
Origin: , from Latin ligāmen, bond
Origin: , from ligāre, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
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