Definitions for: Summons

[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
[n] an order to appear in person at a given place and time
[n] a request to be present; "they came at his bidding"
[v] call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Webster (1913) Definition: Sum"mons, n.; pl. Summonses. [OE. somouns, OF.
sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon,
OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]
1. 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.

Special summonses by the king. --Hallam.

This summons . . . unfit either to dispute or
disobey. --Bp. Fell.

He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer
pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was regarded.
--Sir J.

2. (Law) 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.

3. (Mil.) A demand to surrender.

Sum"mons, v. t.
To summon. [R. or Colloq.] --Swift.

Synonyms: bidding, cite, process, summon

See Also: call, call up, citation, demand, invitation, judicial writ, order, send for, ticket, vouch, vouch in, writ

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