An example of a lien is a bank holding the title to a car until the car loan has been completely paid.
Origin of lienFrench from Classical Latin ligamen, a band from ligare, to bind, tie: see ligature
- A claim upon a part of another's property that arises because of an unpaid debt related to that property and that operates as an encumbrance on the property until the debt is satisfied.
- The right to hold another's property as security for a debt owed.
Origin of lienFrench tie, bond from Old French constraint from Latin ligāmen bond from ligāre to bind ; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
- (law) A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty.
- (biblical, archaic) Alternative form of lain.
- If no man have lien with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness, being under thy husband, be thou free from this water of bitterness that causeth the curse...
From Middle French lien, from Latin ligÄmen (“a bond"), from ligÅ (“tie, bind").
lien - Legal Definition