See also: subpœna
First attested with this spelling in 1623 CE, from earlier subpena, from Middle English sub pena, from Medieval Latin: sub (“under”) and poena (“penalty”), the beginning of the original subpoena used in the Court of Chancery.
- (law, historical) A writ requiring a defendant to appear in court to answer a plaintiff's claim.
- (law) A writ requiring someone to appear in court to give testimony.
writ requiring someone to appear in court to give testimony
- (transitive) To summon with a subpoena.
to summon with a subpoena