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
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 And despite Apple’s banner year, our AI surmises there are profits yet to be plucked for investors, and has rated the tech behemoth B’s in Growth, Low Volatility Momentum, and Quality Value, and D in Technicals. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Kroger said the kits were sold by Kroger grocery stores under a variety of banner names in Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho, as well as many other states. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 The Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts left banner advertisements on city poles for months after contracts expired last year and failed to collect more than $400,000, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General. Mckenna Oxenden,, 2 June 2021 The opening of the banner exhibit initially was intended for its 75th anniversary. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 Country star Gabby Barrett also had a banner night, winning three awards and stealing the show in a gold dress by Lebanese fashion designer Nicolas Jebran. Editors, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 All that volatility in crypto markets probably means the giant cryptocurrency exchange just scored a banner day for transaction fees. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 20 May 2021 The designer’s banner year of 1974 kicked off in February when Halston introduced Peretti to Tiffany’s top brass, who, as lore has it, hired her in 15 minutes. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 18 May 2021 The website’s banner was changed to include a Palestinian flag alongside the IGN logo. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Back at Harry’s, half a dozen Proud Boys marched with a white Black Lives Matter banner down 11th Street toward the churning crowd. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2020 Yes, there will be ads in the apps, and banner ads as well, but in a briefing, Google declined to state what type of companies will be advertising on the platform or to even cite product categories. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2020 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,, 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, 11 May 2018 Class 6A state champion Pope banners the top 10 after defeating No. Craig Sager Jr., ajc, 6 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Investment banking still holds appeal, especially after a banner fourth quarter. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2020 The ’70s weren’t exactly banner days for newsroom diversity. Heidi Stevens,, 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 baner, banere, borrowed from Anglo-French baner, banere, baniere (also continental Old French), probably from ban "summon to arms by a king or lord" + -iere -er entry 2 — more at ban entry 2

Note: The assumption behind this etymology is that the word may have originally denoted the place where the men called to arms assembled, then the flag or pennant that marked that place. The alternative hypothesis that sees it as ultimately deriving from Gothic bandwa "sign" (see band entry 3) seems less likely. For the relation between this word and Old Occitan bandiera, see the etymology and note at banderole.


derivative of banner entry 1


from attributive use of banner entry 1

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

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8 Jun 2021

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“Banner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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