noun ci·ta·tion \sī-ˈtā-shən\

: an official order to appear before a court of law

: a formal public statement that praises a person for doing something good or brave

: a line or short section taken from a piece of writing or a speech

Full Definition of CITATION

:  an official summons to appear (as before a court)
a :  an act of quoting; especially :  the citing of a previously settled case at law
b :  excerpt, quotation
:  mention: as
a :  a formal statement of the achievements of a person receiving an academic honor
b :  specific reference in a military dispatch to meritorious performance of duty
ci·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of CITATION

  1. He was issued a citation.
  2. He received a citation for reckless driving.
  3. gave her a citation for bravery

First Known Use of CITATION

13th century

Synonym Discussion of CITATION

encomium, eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation mean a formal expression of praise. encomium implies enthusiasm and warmth in praising a person or a thing <received encomiums from literary critics>. eulogy applies to a prepared speech or writing extolling the virtues and services of a person <delivered the eulogy at the funeral service>. panegyric suggests an elaborate often poetic compliment <her lyrical memoir was a panegyric to her mentor>. tribute implies deeply felt praise conveyed either through words or through a significant act <the concert was a musical tribute to the early jazz masters>. citation applies to the formal praise of a person offered in a military dispatch or in awarding an honorary degree <earned a citation for bravery>.
CITATION Defined for Kids


noun ci·ta·tion \sī-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of CITATION for Kids

:  an official order to appear in court
:  an act or instance of quoting
:  quotation
:  a formal public statement praising a person for doing something good <a citation for bravery>


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