ETYM Old Eng. somouns, Old Fren. sumunse, semonse, semonce, French semonce, semondre to summon, Old Fren. p. p. semons. Related to Summon.
In law, a court order officially delivered, requiring someone to appear in court on a certain date.
1. 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. process.
2. An order to appear in person at a given place and time.
Summon, to command by service of a summons to appear in court