- an order or command to come, attend, appear, or perform some action
- Law an official order to appear in court, specif. to respond as a defendant to a charge; also, the writ containing such an order
- a call, command, knock, or other signal that summons
Origin of summonsMiddle English somounce ; from Anglo-French somonse ; from Old French sumunse ; from past participle of somondre: see summon
- A call by an authority to appear, come, or do something.
- Law a. An order or process directing a person, especially a defendant in a case, to appear in court.b. An order or process directing a person to report to court as a potential juror.
transitive verbsum·monsed, sum·mons·ing, sum·mons·es Law
- To order to appear in or report to court by means of a summons: the defendant was summonsed to the district court.
- To serve with a summons.
Origin of summonsMiddle English somons, from Old French somonse, from feminine past participle of somondre, to summon; see summon.
(third-person singular simple present summonses, present participle summonsing, simple past and past participle summonsed)
- To serve someone with a summons.
From Old French sumunce (modern French semonce), from popular Latin *summonsa, a noun use of the feminine past participle of summoneÅ, summonÄ“re (“to summon").
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon
summons - Legal Definition