Definition of lien noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈliːən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈliːən//
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[uncountable] lien (in/over something) (law) the right to keep somebody’s property until a debt is paid Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French, via Old French loien from Latin ligamen ‘bond’, from ligare ‘to bind’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lien