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noun ci·ta·tion \sī-ˈtā-shən\

Simple Definition of citation

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of citation

  1. 1 :  an official summons to appear (as before a court)

  2. 2 a :  an act of quoting; especially :  the citing of a previously settled case at law b :  excerpt, quotation

  3. 3 :  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


play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of citation in a sentence

  1. He was issued a citation.

  2. He received a citation for reckless driving.

  3. gave her a citation for bravery

13th Century

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 Students

  1. 1 :  an official order to appear in court

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of quoting

  3. 3 :  quotation

  4. 4 :  a formal public statement praising a person for doing something good <a citation for bravery>

Law Dictionary


noun ci·ta·tion \sī-ˈtā-shən\

Legal Definition of citation

  1. 1 :  a writ giving notice to a person to appear in court: as a :  a process served upon an interested party in a probate proceeding b :  a notice to a person that he or she is charged with a petty offense (as a traffic violation); also :  the document embodying the notice Editor's note: Citations are issued in minor criminal cases as an alternative to arrest. Often a person may consent in writing to the penalty specified on the citation and forgo an appearance in court.

  2. 2 :  the citing of a previously decided case or recognized legal authority as support for an argument; also :  the caption used for referring to such a case or authority especially as published in a reporter


\-shə-nəl\ play adjective

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