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

SpaceX’s colossal Falcon Heavy has taken flight With an incredible run of launches by government and commercial operators, 2018 has been a banner year for spaceflight. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 People hold banners of Jamal Khashoggi during a symbolic funeral prayer in Istanbul, Turkey, on Nov. 16, 2018. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "CIA Concludes Saudi Journalist Was Killed on Crown Prince’s Order," 17 Nov. 2018 Holding banners and chanting slogans decrying the hardship besetting blue-collar Turkish Cypriots, protesters ended a march organized by a coalition of trade unions near the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north's parliament to voice their disgruntlement. Menelaos Hadjicostis, Fox News, "Turkish Cypriots protest price hikes from Turkish lira woes," 6 Sep. 2018 Some held banners praising Bilour and criticizing the government for failing to provide adequate security. Riaz Khan And Munir Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, "Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for bombing at rally that killed 21," 12 July 2018 But this has been a banner year for anti-gerrymandering ballot initiatives which bypass governors and legislatures and their party allegiances. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Biotech is having a banner year on Wall Street, with 33 IPOs to date and a median return rivaling that of the industry’s last boom. Damian Garde, STAT, "Biotech IPOs are soaring. This one will test investors’ appetite for risk," 9 July 2018 Others held banners promoting messages of love, solidarity and togetherness. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Manchester Unites in Song to Remember Victims of Ariana Grande Arena Bombing," 22 May 2018 All have made their college selections and, for a photo opportunity, held banners depicting the name of those schools. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "13 La Cañada students receive Thursday Club scholarships this year and are feted at special tea," 9 May 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, 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)

: 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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