Definition of lien in English:

lien

Pronunciation /liːn/ /ˈliːən/

noun

Law
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The plaintiff was legally entitled to register a lien for the proper amount.’
    • ‘It applies to all liens, including equitable liens where there may be proprietary interests.’

Origin

Mid 16th century from French, via Old French loien from Latin ligamen ‘bond’, from ligare ‘to bind’.

Pronunciation

lien

/liːn/ /ˈliːən/