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[ban-er] /ˈbæn ər/
the flag of a country, army, troop, etc.
an ensign or the like bearing some device, motto, or slogan, as one carried in religious processions, political demonstrations, etc.
a flag formerly used as the standard of a sovereign, lord, or knight.
a sign painted on cloth and hung over a street, entrance, etc.:
Banners at the intersection announced the tennis tournament.
anything regarded or displayed as a symbol of principles.
Heraldry. a square flag bearing heraldic devices.
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.
an open streamer with lettering, towed behind an airplane in flight, for advertising purposes.
Also called banner ad. an advertisement that appears across the top or bottom or along one side of a Web page.
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 forms
bannered, adjective
bannerless, adjective
bannerlike, adjective
unbannered, adjective
10. notable, record, winning, red-letter, vintage. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He declared in the document his intention to 'range himself under the banner of the Commons of England.'

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • The warrior took that banner proud, And it was his martial cloak and shroud!

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • Judith dropped her fine eyelids with a hint in the action of formal surrender, as one strikes a banner.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • They who enlisted under her banner had no life of ease before them.

  • He took it to the banner office and asked Brownwell to put two men on the job, and to have the proof ready by the next morning.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
British Dictionary definitions for banner


a long strip of flexible material displaying a slogan, advertisement, etc, esp one suspended between two points
a placard or sign carried in a procession or demonstration
something that represents a belief or principle: a commitment to nationalization was the banner of British socialism
the flag of a nation, army, etc, used as a standard or ensign
(formerly) the standard of an emperor, knight, etc
Also called banner headline. a large headline in a newspaper, etc, extending across the page, esp the front page
an advertisement, often animated, that extends across the width of a web page
a square flag, often charged with the arms of its bearer
(transitive) (of a newspaper headline) to display (a story) prominently
(US) outstandingly successful: a banner year for orders
Derived Forms
bannered, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French baniere, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign; influenced by Medieval Latin bannumban1, bannīre to banish
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Word Origin and History for banner

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for banner


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carry the banner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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banner in Technology

1. The title page added to printouts by most print spoolers. Typically includes user or account ID information in very large character-graphics capitals. Also called a "burst page", because it indicates where to burst (tear apart) fanfold paper to separate one user's printout from the next.
2. A similar printout generated (typically on multiple pages of fan-fold paper) from user-specified text, e.g. by a program such as Unix's "banner".
3. splash screen.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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banner in the Bible

(1.) The flag or banner of the larger kind, serving for three tribes marching together. These standards, of which there were four, were worked with embroidery and beautifully ornamented (Num. 1:52; 2:2, 3, 10, 18, 25; Cant. 2:4; 6:4, 10). (2.) The flag borne by each separate tribe, of a smaller form. Probably it bore on it the name of the tribe to which it belonged, or some distinguishing device (Num. 2:2,34). (3.) A lofty signal-flag, not carried about, but stationary. It was usually erected on a mountain or other lofty place. As soon as it was seen the war-trumpets were blown (Ps. 60:4; Isa. 5:26; 11:12; 13:2; 18:3; 30:17; Jer. 4:6 21; Ezek. 27:7). (4.) A "sign of fire" (Jer. 6:1) was sometimes used as a signal. The banners and ensigns of the Roman army had idolatrous images upon them, and hence they are called the "abomination of desolation" (q.v.). The principal Roman standard, however, was an eagle. (See Matt. 24:28; Luke 17:37, where the Jewish nation is compared to a dead body, which the eagles gather together to devour.) God's setting up or giving a banner (Ps. 20:5; 60:4; Cant. 2:4) imports his presence and protection and aid extended to his people.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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