What does citation mean?

Definitions for citation
saɪˈteɪ ʃənci·ta·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word citation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. citation, commendation(noun)

    an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement

  2. citation(noun)

    (law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)

  3. citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention, quotation(noun)

    a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage

    "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"

  4. quotation, quote, citation(noun)

    a passage or expression that is quoted or cited

  5. citation(noun)

    a summons that commands the appearance of a party at a proceeding

  6. Citation(noun)

    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1948


  1. citation(Noun)

    An official summons or notice given to a person to appear; the paper containing such summons or notice.

  2. citation(Noun)

    The act of citing a passage from a book, or from another person, in his own words.

  3. citation(Noun)

    The passage or words quoted; quotation.

  4. citation(Noun)

    Enumeration; mention; as, a citation of facts.

  5. citation(Noun)

    A reference to decided cases, or books of authority, to prove a point in law.

  6. citation(Noun)

    A commendation in recognition of some achievement, or a formal statement of an achievement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Citation(noun)

    an official summons or notice given to a person to appear; the paper containing such summons or notice

  2. Citation(noun)

    the act of citing a passage from a book, or from another person, in his own words; also, the passage or words quoted; quotation

  3. Citation(noun)

    enumeration; mention; as, a citation of facts

  4. Citation(noun)

    a reference to decided cases, or books of authority, to prove a point in law

  5. Origin: [F. citation, LL. citatio, fr.L. citare to cite. See Cite]


  1. Citation

    Broadly, a citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source. More precisely, a citation is an abbreviated alphanumeric expression embedded in the body of an intellectual work that denotes an entry in the bibliographic references section of the work for the purpose of acknowledging the relevance of the works of others to the topic of discussion at the spot where the citation appears. Generally the combination of both the in-body citation and the bibliographic entry constitutes what is commonly thought of as a citation. References to single, machine-readable assertions in electronic scientific articles are known as nanopublications, a form of microattribution. Citation has several important purposes: to uphold intellectual honesty, to attribute prior or unoriginal work and ideas to the correct sources, to allow the reader to determine independently whether the referenced material supports the author's argument in the claimed way, and to help the reader gauge the strength and validity of the material the author has used. The forms of citations generally subscribe to one of the generally accepted citations systems, such as the Oxford, Harvard, MLA, American Sociological Association, American Psychological Association, and other citations systems, as their syntactic conventions are widely known and easily interpreted by readers. Each of these citation systems has its respective advantages and disadvantages relative to the trade-offs of being informative and thus are chosen relative to the needs of the type of publication being crafted. Editors will often specify the citation system to use.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of citation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of citation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of citation in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    It works very well for me, for the smaller airports, the (Cessna) Citation X, and for the larger airports, the Boeing 757.

  2. South Alabama spokesman Bob Lowry:

    Upon further investigation, it has been determined that the citation should not have been issued and it has been rescinded.

  3. Katy Villarreal:

    I couldn't believe that when he got that first citation, he wasn't taken to jail, i'm against killing a person, but this man took an innocent child.

  4. Police David Sembach:

    The crowd broke up, which is what we wanted, he qualified for a notice to appear, which is what we call the citation, he was written a citation and released.

  5. Michael Budkie:

    This could potentially be the zoo's third citation. This one ended up not only endangering a child but also essentially with the murder of a gorilla by gunshot.

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  • تنويهArabic
  • цитиране, позоваване, цитат, призовка, изброяванеBulgarian
  • citation, citeringDanish
  • Literaturstelle, Zitierung, Zitat, ehrenvolle Erwähnung, VorladungGerman
  • παράθεση, απαρίθμηση, παραπομπή, αναφορά, εδάφιο, κατάλογος, παράθεμα, κλήτευση, εύφημος μνεία, περικοπή, μνεία, χωρίο, κλήσηGreek
  • citación, citaSpanish
  • sitaatti, viite, lainausFinnish
  • उद्धरणHindi
  • 소환Korean
  • kupu hautoaMāori
  • citaçãoPortuguese
  • citat, citareRomanian
  • [[объявление]] [[благодарность, цитирование, перечисление, цитата, ссылка, вызов, упоминание, пове́сткаRussian
  • navodSerbo-Croatian
  • சான்றுTamil
  • citationTelugu
  • การอ้างอิงThai
  • trích dẫnVietnamese
  • 引文Chinese

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