banner

noun
ban·​ner | \ ˈba-nər How to pronounce banner (audio) \

Definition of banner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a piece of cloth attached by one edge to a staff and used by a leader (such as a monarch or feudal lord) as a standard (see standard entry 1 sense 1)
b : flag entry 2 sense 1 our nation's beloved banner
c : an ensign displaying a distinctive or symbolic device or legend (see legend sense 2a) especially : one presented as an award of honor or distinction
2 : a headline in large type running across a newspaper page The banner read "Kennedy Wins."
3 : a strip of cloth on which a sign is painted welcome banners stretched across the street
4 : a name, slogan, or goal associated with a particular group or ideology the new banner is "community control"— F. M. Hechinger often used with under every new administration arrives … under the banner of change— John Cogley
5 or or : an advertisement graphic (see graphic entry 2 sense 2b) that runs usually across the top of a World Wide Web page

banner

verb
bannered; bannering; banners

Definition of banner (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a banner a bannered storefront
2 journalism : to print (a news story) under a headline in large type usually on the front page News of the defeat was bannered in newspapers throughout the country.

banner

adjective

Definition of banner (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : prominent in support of a political party a banner Democratic county
2 : distinguished from all others especially in excellence a banner year for business

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Examples of banner in a Sentence

Noun

A banner was hung over the street advertising the local theater production. Banners were carried by members of each group marching in the parade.

Adjective

It was a banner year for the sales department. The team had a banner season last year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tech offerings may still see a banner year in 2019, simply because the companies going public are raising larger rounds. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Slack IPO: The Stock Market Is Rolling Out Its Welcome Mat Over Recent, Successful Tech Listings," 19 June 2019 The demonstrators carried banners demanding that Chief Executive Carrie Lam step down. Christopher Bodeen And Elaine Kurtenbach, USA TODAY, "Huge crowds again march in Hong Kong over proposed extradition bill," 15 June 2019 El Niño, the climate phenomenon in the equatorial Pacific that often ushers in great ski seasons in the Rockies, was a boon for resorts all season long and has Colorado river rafters expecting a banner year. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "Colorado Ski Country USA projects record year thanks to consistent, extended snow season," 6 June 2019 The stands are full of tricolors and Stars and Stripes, the balance impressively even; there is a huge banner of Marianne, France’s national symbol, in the Parc des Princes, and the first beats of Seven Nation Army welcomed the teams. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "How Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Beat France at the World Cup," 28 June 2019 Braun pointed to State Capitol Grounds regulations as reasons why the flag came down, specifically that banners cannot be affixed to buildings and that any activity involving equipment setup must go through an event application process. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Secretary of State Katie Hobbs hangs gay pride flag on Arizona Capitol building," 28 June 2019 The individual movies under the MCU banner need to be narratively sticky enough to ensnare a global audience, connecting the dots as interrelated narratives and keeping the whole ball of profitable goo rolling along. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ review: After the ‘Endgame,' Spidey takes a European vacation (and saves the world)," 27 June 2019 UConn was a member of the Big East Conference from 1979-2013, before the league changed its name to the AAC and several of its core members broke away to form their own conference under the Big East banner. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn’s move to the Big East approved by trustees; chairman calls jump what’s ‘best for the athletic department’," 26 June 2019 Sylvia joined her mother and sister Christabel in the movement, designing leaflets and banners including the famed Holloway Prison brooch given to WSPU members who had been jailed. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The British suffragette who was crowned an “honorary” Ethiopian," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before a cheering crowd of Cuban-Americans in Miami last June, Trump bannered his harder line on Cuba. Anthony Faiola, Washington Post, "In Cuba, the great American tourism boom turns to bust," 11 May 2018 Class 6A state champion Pope banners the top 10 after defeating No. Craig Sager Jr., ajc, "Final baseball rankings," 6 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The ’70s weren’t exactly banner days for newsroom diversity. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "What Richard Cohen fails to understand in his 'white man' column," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of banner

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for banner

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

Middle English banere, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Goth bandwo sign; probably akin to Greek phainein to show — more at fancy

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banner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of banner

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large strip of cloth with a design, picture, or writing on it
: words printed in large letters at the top of a newspaper's front page under the name of the newspaper
: an advertisement that is across the top of a page on the World Wide Web

banner

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of banner (Entry 2 of 2)

US : unusually good

banner

noun
ban·​ner | \ ˈba-nər How to pronounce banner (audio) \

Kids Definition of banner

2 : a piece of cloth with a design, a picture, or some writing on it

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