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noun Law.
  1. the seat on which judges sit in court.
  2. in banc, with all the judges of a court present; as a full court: a hearing in banc.
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Origin of banc

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Germanic: bench
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Examples from the Web for banc

Historical Examples

  • In some models these seats stretch back throughout the length of the carriage, in which case it is a char--banc.

    Carriages &amp; Coaches

    Ralph Straus

  • I remember his having come on foot, and hearing that I should not require my char--banc to return, he engaged it.

  • Char--banc, shar′-a-bang, n. a long light vehicle with transverse seats.

  • Here comes a family of peasants on an old broken down char- banc.

  • The tide was high, and the ragged rocks of the Banc des Violets in the south and the Corbiore in the west were all but hidden.

British Dictionary definitions for banc


  1. in banc law sitting as a full court
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Word Origin

C18: from Anglo-French: bench
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