from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A call by an authority to appear, come, or do something.
- n. Law A notice summoning a defendant to appear in court.
- n. Law A notice summoning a person to report to court as a juror or witness.
- transitive v. Law To serve a court summons to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A call to do something, especially to come.
- n. A notice summoning someone to appear in court, as a defendant, juror or witness.
- v. To serve someone with a summons.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of summon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of summoning; a call by authority, or by the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some duty.
- n. A warning or citation to appear in court; a written notification signed by the proper officer, to be served on a person, warning him to appear in court at a day specified, to answer to the plaintiff, testify as a witness, or the like.
- n. A demand to surrender.
- transitive v. To summon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A call, especially by authority or the command of a superior, to appear at a place named, or to attend to some public duty; an invitation, request, or order to go to or appear at some place, or to do some other specified thing; a call with more or less earnestness or insistence.
- In law, a call by authority to appear in a court or before a judicial officer; also, the document by which such call is given; a citation to appear before a judge or magistrate.
- Milit., a call to surrender.
- To serve with a summons; summon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. call in an official matter, such as to attend court
- n. a request to be present
- n. an order to appear in person at a given place and time
- n. a writ issued by authority of law; usually compels the defendant's attendance in a civil suit; failure to appear results in a default judgment against the defendant
Middle English somons, from Old French somonse, from feminine past participle of somondre, to summon; see summon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French sumunce (modern French semonce), from popular Latin *summonsa, a noun use of the feminine past participle of summoneō, summonēre ("to summon"). (Wiktionary)
Inflected forms. (Wiktionary)