Meaning of citation

ci•ta•tion

Pronunciation: (sī-tā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. mention of a soldier or a unit in orders, usually for gallantry: Presidential citation.
  2. any award or commendation, as for outstanding service, hard work, or devotion to duty, esp. a formal letter or statement recounting a person's achievements.
  3. a summons, esp. to appear in court.
  4. a document containing such a summons.
  5. the act of citing or quoting a reference to an authority or a precedent.
  6. a passage cited; quotation.
  7. a quotation showing a particular word or phrase in context.
  8. mention or enumeration.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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