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 underevery 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
6 or : the upper, large, often lobed petal of a papilionaceous flower (as of a pea or bean plant) : standard sense 8a, vexillum sense 3 The uppermost petal is the largest, and, since it is something like a flag, is sometimes called the banner.— John Nelson — compare keel sense 2b, wing sense 2e(2)


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.



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 On Wednesday, officials announced the cancellation of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, the banner three-day summer concert that draws more than 200,000 people to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Peter Fimrite,, "Coronavirus: Alarming spike in state cases raises fears virus is getting out of control," 24 June 2020 Statistics: Davenport had a banner junior season, racking up 114 total tackles, including 8 for a loss, and 12 sacks. Ben Thomas |, al, "Meet the top uncommitted 2021 football prospects in the state of Alabama," 24 June 2020 Phase one, which was completed in 2018, consisted of strengthening the infrastructure under the roadway, building brick sidewalks and new curbing on High Street and installing banner poles to post local advertisements. Jarrad Saffren, USA TODAY, "Mount Holly continues to improve High Street business district," 20 June 2020 Though Phoenix's banner Juneteenth celebration in the historic Eastlake Park neighborhood has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are other options for celebrating. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "'Pay homage to our ancestors': How to honor Juneteenth 2020 in metro Phoenix," 17 June 2020 The same flag is currently hanging abovr the Black Lives Matter banner. Fox News, "US Embassy in Seoul supports protests with Black Lives Matter banner," 16 June 2020 People can also fly skydivers, do pipeline patrol or banner towing, go into missionary aviation flying, or fly single-pilot cargo. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Pilots on the Future of the Once-Glamorous Job," 10 June 2020 Examples include organizing a march or a Twitter storm, displaying a banner in your yard, providing materials such as masks and hand sanitizer to protestors, and much more. Fortune Staff, Fortune, "The anti-racist resources Fortune staffers are reading and sharing," 5 June 2020 Nurseries all over Southern California are reporting a banner spring for plant sales, but no one is celebrating. Los Angeles Times, "In the face of so much sorrow, we turn to gardens and plants for a sliver of hope," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Suspects surface: Why not the nearest neighbor, Trump sign bannering his yard, who once groped Jacy and hopes to buy Lincoln’s property? Mameve Medwed,, "In Richard Russo’s “Chances Are...,” an incomplete reunion brings overdue revelations," 25 July 2019 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 Investment banking still holds appeal, especially after a banner fourth quarter. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Market-Beating Bank CEOs Are a Rare Breed," 3 Mar. 2020 The ’70s weren’t exactly banner days for newsroom diversity. Heidi Stevens,, "What Richard Cohen fails to understand in his 'white man' column," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of banner


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


1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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The first known use of banner was in the 13th century

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Banner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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



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

US : unusually good


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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