Definition of

Lien

  1. (noun, body) a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
  2. (noun, possession) the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged

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Synonyms of Lien

spleen

Origin of the word Lien

  1. "right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1531, from M.Fr. lien, from L. ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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