Definition of lien in English:


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Pronunciation: /liːn
, ˈliːən


A right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged: they shall be entitled to a lien on any lot sold make sure there are no liens against the car [as modifier]: they may assert a lien claim on your property
More example sentences
  • The solicitors have claimed a lien on their file until their fees, which are substantial, are paid.
  • The lien may be claimed and maintained so long as the article remains in the possession of the lien claimant.
  • Mrs. D. will transfer her interest in the matrimonial home to Mr. D. provided that she can lift the Legal Aid liens on the property to a payment agreement form.


mid 16th century: from French, via Old French loien from Latin ligamen 'bond', from ligare 'to bind'.

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