bans

[ banz ]
/ bænz /
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noun (used with a plural verb) Ecclesiastical.

Can be confused

banns bans

Definition for bans (2 of 4)

ban

1
[ ban ]
/ bæn /

verb (used with object), banned, ban·ning.

to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
Archaic.
  1. to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
  2. to curse; execrate.

noun

Origin of ban

1
before 1000; Middle English bannen, Old English bannan to summon, proclaim; cognate with Old Norse banna to curse (probably influencing some senses of ME word), Old High German bannan; akin to Latin fārī to speak, Sanskrit bhanati (he) speaks

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ANTONYMS FOR ban

Related forms

ban·na·ble, adjectiveun·banned, adjective

Can be confused

band bannedbanns bans

Definition for bans (3 of 4)

banns

or bans

[ banz ]
/ bænz /

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.

Origin of banns

1540–50; variant of bans, plural of ban2

Can be confused

banns bans

Definition for bans (4 of 4)

ban

2
[ ban ]
/ bæn /

noun

a public proclamation or edict.
bans, Ecclesiastical. banns.
(in the feudal system)
  1. the summoning of the sovereign's vassals for military service.
  2. the body of vassals summoned.

Origin of ban

2
1200–50; Middle English, aphetic variant of iban, Old English gebann proclamation, summons to arms (derivative of bannan ban1), influenced in some senses by Old French ban, from same Germanic base
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British Dictionary definitions for bans (1 of 5)

bans

/ (bænz) /

pl n

a variant spelling of banns

British Dictionary definitions for bans (2 of 5)

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

British Dictionary definitions for bans (3 of 5)

ban

1
/ (bæn) /

verb bans, banning or banned


noun

Word Origin for ban

Old English bannan to proclaim; compare Old Norse banna to forbid, Old High German bannan to command

British Dictionary definitions for bans (4 of 5)

ban

2
/ (bæn) /

noun

(in feudal England) the summoning of vassals to perform their military obligations

Word Origin for ban

C13: from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German ban command, Old Norse bann ban 1

British Dictionary definitions for bans (5 of 5)

ban

3
/ (bæn) /

noun plural bani (ˈbɑːnɪ)

a monetary unit of Romania and Moldova worth one hundredth of a leu

Word Origin for ban

from Romanian, from Serbo-Croat bān lord
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