Meaning of summons

sum•mons

Pronunciation: (sum'unz), [key]
— n., pl. v. -mons•es,
—n.
  1. an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
  2. a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
    1. a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
    2. the writ by which the call is made.
  3. an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
  4. a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.
—v.t.
  1. to serve with a summons; summon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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