1 [leen, lee-uhn]
Law. the legal claim of one person upon the property of another person to secure the payment of a debt or the satisfaction of an obligation.

1525–35; < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin ligāmen tie, bandage, equivalent to ligā(re) to tie + -men noun suffix of result

lienable, adjective Unabridged


2 [lahy-uhn, -en]
noun Anatomy.
the spleen.

1645–55; < Latin liēn spleen

lienal [lahy-een-l, lahy-uh-nl] , adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
lien (ˈliːən, liːn)
law a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt
[C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind]

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Word Origin & History

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1531, from M.Fr. lien, from L. ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).
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Medical Dictionary

lien li·en (lī'ən, -ěn')
The spleen.

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Cultural Dictionary
lien [(leen, lee-uhn)]

A claim or right given to a creditor to secure payment of a debt, usually by sale of the debtor's property.

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Example sentences
With a reverse mortgage, she said, the lender has a lien against the property.
Those who filed liens against the owner before the board filed its lien would have priority.
Good people do not have an exclusive lien on good ideas.
Now, he confesses, he's broke and has a lien against his home.
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