Sum·mons n.; pl. Summonses
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. Hayward.
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.]
n 1: a request to be present; "they came at his bidding" [syn: bidding]
2: an order to appear in person at a given place and time
3: 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 [syn:
v : call in an official matter, such as to attend court [syn: summon,