Pronunciation: (ri-kog'nu-zuns, -kon'u-), [key]
a. a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
b. the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
3. Archaic.a token; badge.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.