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Definitions for summons
ˈsʌm ənzsum·mons

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bidding, summonsnoun

    a request to be present

    "they came at his bidding"

  2. summonsnoun

    an order to appear in person at a given place and time

  3. summons, processverb

    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

  4. summon, summons, citeverb

    call in an official matter, such as to attend court

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Summonsnoun

    A call of authority; admonition to appear; citation.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    What are you?
    Your name, your quality, and why you answer
    This present summons? William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He sent to summon the seditious, and to offer pardon; but neither summons nor pardon was any thing regarded. John Hayward.

    The sons of light
    Hasted, resorting to the summons high,
    And took their seats. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Strike your sails at summons, or prepare
    To prove the last extremities of war. Dryden.


  1. Summons

    A summons (also known in England and Wales as a claim form and in the Australian state of New South Wales as a court attendance notice (CAN)) is a legal document issued by a court (a judicial summons) or by an administrative agency of government (an administrative summons) for various purposes.


  1. summons

    A summons is a legal document or formal notice issued by a court or a government agency, requiring the person to whom it is directed, to appear in court or comply with a particular obligation. It can be related to various legal proceedings including a criminal or civil case, jury duty, or traffic violation. The summons typically includes details such as the time, date, and location the person is required to appear. Failure to respond or comply can result in penalties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Summons

    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

  2. Summons

    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. Summons

    a demand to surrender

  4. Summonsverb

    to summon

  5. Etymology: [OE. somouns, OF. sumunse, semonse, semonce, F. semonce, semondre to summon, OF. p. p. semons. See Summon, v.]


  1. Summons

    Legally, a summons is a legal document issued by a court or by an administrative agency of government for various purposes.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. summons

    A call or invitation to surrender.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Summons is ranked #56836 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Summons surname appeared 359 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Summons.

    76.6% or 275 total occurrences were Black.
    14.7% or 53 total occurrences were White.
    4.4% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of summons in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of summons in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of summons in a Sentence

  1. John Dryden:

    All human things are subject to decay,And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obeyThis Flecknoe found, who like Augustus youngWas call'd to empire, and had govern'd longIn prose and verse, was own'd, without disputeThrough all the realms of nonsense, absolute.

  2. Proverb:

    Keep women far away from song, because it is a summons to adultery #VoiceRaisedOnWomensDay

  3. Agatha Christie:

    I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that.

  4. Jerry Garry:

    From an environmental point of view, obviously the slurry discharge... has already caused damage to the ocean and the livelihood of the people because they will not be swimming and they will not be fishing in the area any more, there will be summons to pay compensation. There will be other punishment imposed by CEPA. I'm really not too sure as to what the nature of the penalties may be.

  5. Scott Fowler:

    She really believes she hears the faint cries of an infant. She summons her husband, who is a self-employed grading contractor. He arrives in the area and descends about a 75-foot ravine to find the child alone with a car seat over the bank.

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