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banner

[ban-er]
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noun
  1. the flag of a country, army, troop, etc.
  2. an ensign or the like bearing some device, motto, or slogan, as one carried in religious processions, political demonstrations, etc.
  3. a flag formerly used as the standard of a sovereign, lord, or knight.
  4. a sign painted on cloth and hung over a street, entrance, etc.: Banners at the intersection announced the tennis tournament.
  5. anything regarded or displayed as a symbol of principles.
  6. Heraldry. a square flag bearing heraldic devices.
  7. Also called banner line, line, screamer, streamer. Journalism. a headline extending across the width of a newspaper page, usually across the top of the front page.
  8. an open streamer with lettering, towed behind an airplane in flight, for advertising purposes.
  9. Also called banner ad. an advertisement that appears across the top or bottom or along one side of a web page.
adjective
  1. leading or foremost: a banner year for crops.

Origin of banner

1200–50; Middle English banere < Old French baniere < Late Latin bann(um) (variant of bandum standard < Germanic, compare Gothic bandwa sign; see band1) + Old French -iere < Latin -āria -ary
Related formsban·nered, adjectiveban·ner·less, adjectiveban·ner·like, adjectiveun·ban·nered, adjective

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10. notable, record, winning, red-letter, vintage.
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Examples from the Web for banner

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  • Giles was their “ancient” and had charge of the banner, nor could it be doubted that he had flourished.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • The genii of the East have woven this banner from the rays of benignant stars.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • This section had its banner too, and it was marked, "Our Dead."

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Probably also the figure of a dog was charged on their banner.

    Y Gododin

    Aneurin

  • And raising his eyes he saw the banner fall from Miette's grasp.


British Dictionary definitions for banner

banner

noun
  1. a long strip of flexible material displaying a slogan, advertisement, etc, esp one suspended between two points
  2. a placard or sign carried in a procession or demonstration
  3. something that represents a belief or principlea commitment to nationalization was the banner of British socialism
  4. the flag of a nation, army, etc, used as a standard or ensign
  5. (formerly) the standard of an emperor, knight, etc
  6. Also called: banner headline a large headline in a newspaper, etc, extending across the page, esp the front page
  7. an advertisement, often animated, that extends across the width of a web page
  8. a square flag, often charged with the arms of its bearer
verb
  1. (tr) (of a newspaper headline) to display (a story) prominently
adjective
  1. US outstandingly successfula banner year for orders
Derived Formsbannered, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French baniere, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign; influenced by Medieval Latin bannum ban 1, bannīre to banish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for banner

n.

c.1200, from Old French baniere (Modern French bannière) "flag, banner, standard," from Late Latin bandum "standard," borrowed from a West Germanic cognate of Gothic bandwa "a sign" (see band (n.2)). Figurative use from early 14c. Of newspaper headlines, from 1913.

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