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

Synonyms for banner Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for banner

Contemporary Examples of banner

Historical Examples of banner

  • 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


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

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 principlea 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


(tr) (of a newspaper headline) to display (a story) prominently


US outstandingly successfula banner year for orders
Derived Formsbannered, adjective

Word Origin for banner

C13: from Old French baniere, of Germanic origin; compare Gothic bandwa sign; influenced by Medieval Latin bannum ban 1, 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.

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