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

1540–50; variant of bans, plural of ban2

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH banns

banns , bans
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British Dictionary definitions for banns

banns

bans

/ (bænz) /

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

Word Origin for banns

C14: plural of bann proclamation; see ban 1
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