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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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Historical Examples of bann

  • 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."


    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.