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View synonyms for banns

banns

or bans

[ banz ]

noun

, (used with a plural verb)
  1. notice of an intended marriage, given three times in the parish church of each of the betrothed.
  2. any public announcement of a proposed marriage, either verbal or written and made in a church or by church officials.


banns

/ bænz /

plural noun

  1. the public declaration of an intended marriage, usually formally announced on three successive Sundays in the parish churches of both the betrothed
  2. forbid the banns
    to raise an objection to a marriage announced in this way


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Word History and Origins

Origin of banns1

1540–50; variant of bans, plural of ban 2
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Word History and Origins

Origin of banns1

C14: plural of bann proclamation; see ban 1
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Example Sentences

A source close to Zuckerberg has said the timing of the banns was purely coincidental, since the IPO date was a “moving target.”

But the stars and the Gypsy brethren forbid the banns, so they part eternally.

Let us all hasten to bless the banns between steel-edged truth and perfect amenity.

In Strype's time it claimed the right of solemnizing marriages without licence or proclamation of banns.

The man tried to brazen it out, and laughingly said, “Well, I suppose we need not have the banns published again?”

When the banns had been twice called an anonymous letter was received by the Vicar, which stated that the man was already married.

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