noun \ˈlēn, ˈlē-ən\

law : a legal claim that someone or something has on the property of another person until a debt has been paid back

Full Definition of LIEN

:  a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty ordinarily arising by operation of law
:  the security interest created by a mortgage

Origin of LIEN

Anglo-French lien, loyen bond, restraint, from Latin ligamen, from ligare to bind — more at ligature
First Known Use: 1531

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Medical Dictionary


noun li·en \ˈlī-ən, ˈlī-ˌen\

Medical Definition of LIEN

:  spleen
li·en·al \-əl\ adjective
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