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 banner ad or banner advertisement : an advertisement graphic (see graphic entry 2 sense 2b) that runs usually across the top of a World Wide Web page


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


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


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

In his lone season at the helm, Redden did hang a banner after his Bulldogs captured their first district championship since 2006 and recorded a second-straight 17-win season. Shelby Dermer,, "Woodward freshman Paul McMillan IV already making a splash with summer play," 12 July 2018 Joseph Manning was kicked out of the Marine Corps for climbing a building to display a banner with a white supremacist slogan. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Active-Duty Marine Moonlights as Leader of Violent White Supremacist Group: Report," 8 May 2018 Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Attendees look at a large banner near the Smith & Wesson Corp. booth., "Rifles, Pistols and Trump: Inside the NRA Annual Meeting," 6 May 2018 After driving past or around it for so long, someone spruced it up with a birthday banner. Carol Kovach,, "Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary honors speech, music, visual arts contest winners: A Place in the Sun," 24 Apr. 2018 The banner headline on the website of Xinhua, China’s official news agency, on the day of the work report was about Mr Xi’s meeting with delegates from Inner Mongolia, followed by four more stories about his recent speeches and schedule. The Economist, "The price of powerXi Jinping is using his growing authority to amass even more," 8 Mar. 2018 New Regency was set to produce the movie, along with Joel Silver's Silver Pictures, Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures and Johansson’s These Pictures banners. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Scarlett Johansson Drops Out of 'Rub & Tug' Trans Film Following Backlash," 13 July 2018 Qualcomm canceled a plan in August to erect two 70-foot-tall banners on the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel in response to strong opposition. David Garrick,, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 Eagles carry area banner Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine has its all-knowing eye on the Atascocita Eagles again this season. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Hastings PG Tatiyanna Riley competes in all-star game," 13 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,, "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


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


see banner entry 1


see banner entry 1

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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)

: unusually good


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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