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in phrase banns of marriage (late 12c., spelling with double -n- attested from 1540s), from Old English bannan "to summon, command, proclaim" (see ban (v.)). Also probably partly from Old French ban "announcement, proclamation, banns, authorization," from Frankish *ban or some other Germanic cognate of the Old English word.

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  • Says Corder, struggling with his pack, “bann, will you help me into my corset.”

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • To him the sources of most human consolations "were barr'd and bann'd, forbidden fare."

    Coleridge Samuel Levy Bensusan
  • He met Tirlogh Luineach at the bann, and thought him inclined to obey.

  • There is, for instance, the drainage of the Barrow and the bann.

  • A year or two later, however, machinery was introduced on a large scale on the river bann.

  • Its waters are carried to the sea by the bann, which is of no use for navigation, being obstructed by weirs and rocks.

  • It stands on a high bank overlooking the bann, about a mile north of Coleraine.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • He also mentioned a tradition that there was a subterranean passage under the bann.

    Ulster Folklore Elizabeth Andrews
  • The bann lands lie, a dead level, immediately outside the Bangash and Naghr hills, these being to their north.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Marching from that hill-skirt, our faces set west, we dismounted on a waterless plain (ql) between bann and the Plain.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

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