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.
Ye mind what way ye come home last bann Fair on top o' the bread cart.
To him the sources of most human consolations "were barr'd and bann'd, forbidden fare."
It stands on a high bank overlooking the bann, about a mile north of Coleraine.
He met Tirlogh Luineach at the bann, and thought him inclined to obey.
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.
Sorley Boy appeared in force at the bann, on the banks of which river an encounter took place.
Marching from that hill-skirt, our faces set west, we dismounted on a waterless plain (ql) between bann and the Plain.
On the bann, in Ireland, eel catching is still done in a large way, and the fish shipped to London.
After this he went to the Lei, on the east of the bann, ubi non capiebant homines pieces nisi in nocte usque ad illud tempus.