banner

noun
ban·​ner | \ˈba-nər \

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

The dyeing process was complicated, given the sheer size of the banners, Segerblom said. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "On the 40th anniversary of the LGBTQ pride symbol, artist wants her rainbow flag story told," 8 June 2018 Lawyers for the University of Louisville have asked that the school be removed from the lawsuit filed by a group of fans against the NCAA for the return of the university's 2013 national championship banner. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville wants no part of the lawsuit its fans filed against the NCAA," 1 June 2018 The Celtics have a total of 17 championship banners hanging at the TD Garden. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "How Many Championships Have the Celtics Won?," 2 May 2018 Councilman Jerry Kern proposed the idea as a replacement for the 50-foot stretch of banners that hang from the plaza’s palm trees to publicize community events. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lights out for Oceanside's digital sign idea," 16 Apr. 2018 Klotman on Tuesday tweeted a photograph of a banner hung at the school's main lobby proclaiming Baylor the No. 1 medical school in Texas, based on the rankings. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Baylor College of Medicine ranks fifth-best at training primary care docs, U.S. News says," 21 Mar. 2018 It is currently covered by insurance courtesy of the Affordable Care Act (though the Trump administration made moves last year to chip away at that coverage under the banner of religious freedom for employers). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Torpey acknowledged that the show stands on the shoulders of the Occupy movement, which yelled, marched, and camped under banners of startling statistics about student debt. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Now, according to the SCOTUS ruling, all of this behavior is protected under the banner of free speech. Lauren Rankin, SELF, "It’s Legal for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in California to Lie to You About Abortion," 11 July 2018

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

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

Verb

see banner entry 1

Adjective

see banner entry 1

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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)

: unusually good

banner

noun
ban·​ner | \ˈba-nər \

Kids Definition of banner

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

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