Variant of subpoena
a written legal order directing a person to appear in court to give testimony, show specified records, etc.
Origin of subpoenaMiddle English suppena ; from Medieval Latin subpena ; from Classical Latin sub poena, literally , under penalty: see sub- and amp; pain
transitive verbsubpoenaed, subpoenaing
- to summon with such an order
- ☆ to order that (specified records, documents, etc.) be brought to a court
Also sp. subpena