Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
  2. (noun, communication) (law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
  3. (noun, communication) a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
    the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book
    the article includes mention of similar clinical cases
  4. (noun, communication) a passage or expression that is quoted or cited
  5. (noun, communication) a summons that commands the appearance of a party at a proceeding
  6. (noun, animal) thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1948

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Origin of the word Citation

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. citation, from L. citationem (nom. citatio) "a command," pp. of citare "to summon" (see cite). Meaning "passage cited, quotation" is from 1540s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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