n.1.A summoner.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The identity of the Summoner in The Friar's Tale is entirely constituted by the fact of his occupation: he has no given name (he is simply referred to as the 'Somonour' throughout), and his vices and motivations stem from his role as a functionary of the ecclesiastical courts.
As a faithful oath-maker, she repeats her pledge to consign the summoner and her pan to the devil (1628-29), and her proclamation of "ernest" seals her legal intention.(39) In perfect juridical form, the summoner verifies his position in the process that consigns him to hell, and he affirms that he does not intend to veer from his goal: "`Nay, old stot, that is nat myn entente,' / Quod this somonour, for to repente me / For any thyng that I have had of thee'" (1630-32).