banns

banns
noun plural Etymology: plural of bann, from Middle English bane, ban proclamation, ban Date: 14th century public announcement especially in church of a proposed marriage

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Banns — (b[a^]nz), n. pl. [See {Ban}.] Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage should not take place. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • banns — [bænz] n [plural] a public statement that two people intend to get married, made in a church in Britain …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • banns — [ bænz ] noun plural an official announcement in church that two people intend to get married …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • banns — see BANN (Cf. bann) …   Etymology dictionary

  • banns — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a public announcement of an intended marriage read out in a parish church. ORIGIN plural of BAN(Cf. ↑ban) …   English terms dictionary

  • banns — [banz] pl.n. [see BAN1] the proclamation, generally made in church on three successive Sundays, of an intended marriage …   English World dictionary

  • banns — n. declaration of an impending marriage to publish the banns * * * [bænz] to publish the banns …   Combinatory dictionary

  • banns — n.pl. a notice read out on three successive Sundays in a parish church, announcing an intended marriage and giving the opportunity for objections. Phrases and idioms: forbid the banns raise an objection to an intended marriage, esp. in church… …   Useful english dictionary

  • banns — Synonyms and related words: Gretna Green wedding, affiance, banns of matrimony, betrothal, betrothment, bridal, bridal suite, bridechamber, chuppah, church wedding, civil ceremony, civil wedding, elopement, engagement, epithalamium, espousal,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • banns — [[t]bæ̱nz[/t]] N PLURAL: the N When a minister or priest reads or publishes the banns, he or she makes a public announcement in church that two people are going to be married …   English dictionary

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