verb \ˈban\

: to forbid people from using (something) : to say that something cannot be used or done

: to forbid (someone) from doing or being part of something


Full Definition of BAN

transitive verb
archaic :  curse
:  to prohibit especially by legal means <ban discrimination>; also :  to prohibit the use, performance, or distribution of <ban a book> <ban a pesticide>
:  bar 3c <banned from the U.N.>
intransitive verb
archaic :  to utter curses or maledictions

Examples of BAN

  1. The school banned that book for many years.
  2. The city has banned smoking in all public buildings.
  3. The drug was banned a decade ago.
  4. The use of cell phones is banned in the restaurant.

Origin of BAN

Middle English bannen to summon, curse, from Old English bannan to summon; akin to Old High German bannan to command, Latin fari to speak, Greek phanai to say, phōnē sound, voice
First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with BAN



Definition of BAN

:  the summoning in feudal times of the king's vassals for military service
:  legal or formal prohibition <a ban on beef exports>
:  censure or condemnation especially through social pressure

Origin of BAN

Middle English, partly from bannen & partly from Old French ban, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bannan to command
First Known Use: 14th century


noun \ˈbän\
plural ba·ni \ˈbä-(ˌ)nē\

Definition of BAN

— see leu at money table

Origin of BAN

Romanian, money, coin, small coin
First Known Use: 1880


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