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



    BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənz//
    (pl. summonses
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌmənzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌmənzɪz//
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  1. 1(North American English also citation) an order to appear in court to issue a summons against somebody The police have been unable to serve a summons on him. She received a summons to appear in court the following week.
  2. 2an order to come and see somebody to obey a royal summons
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French sumunse, from an alteration of Latin summonita, feminine past participle of summonere ‘give a hint’, later ‘call, summon’, from sub- ‘secretly’ + monere ‘warn’.Extra examples He received a summons to appear before the committee. Her neighbours took out a summons against her for noise nuisance. I received an urgent summons to her office. I stayed at home that night awaiting her summons. She received a summons to appear in court. She responded immediately to the summons from her boss. She was ready when the summons came. The landlord issued a summons against her for non-payment of rent. The summons can be served on either of the partners in the business.
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