Summons Definition

sŭmənz
summonses
noun
summonses
An order or command to come, attend, appear, or perform some action.
Webster's New World
An official order to appear in court, specif. to respond as a defendant to a charge; also, the writ containing such an order.
Webster's New World
A call, command, knock, or other signal that summons.
Webster's New World
An order or process directing a person to report to court as a potential juror.
American Heritage
A written notice for a person to appear before a court under penalty of having a judgment entered against that person for failing to appear; a written notice to a person to appear for jury duty; a written notice to appear in court to testify as a witness in a case. Synonymous with subpoena.
Webster's New World Law
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verb
summonses
To order to appear in or report to court by means of a summons.
The defendant was summonsed to the district court.
American Heritage
To serve a court summons upon.
Webster's New World

Third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon.

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Other Word Forms of Summons

Noun

Singular:
summons
Plural:
summonses

Origin of Summons

  • From Old French sumunce (modern French semonce), from popular Latin *summonsa, a noun use of the feminine past participle of summoneō, summonÄ“re (“to summon").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English somons from Old French somonse from feminine past participle of somondre to summon summon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Inflected forms.

    From Wiktionary

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