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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Behind a banner for the Northampton County Democratic Party, two-term U.S. Representative Elaine Luria and her daughter Violette sat at the back of a golf cart gleefully tossing candy to the crowd along Mason Avenue. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2022 Accompanied to the square by several congressional colleagues and a small group of reporters, Ms. Pelosi unfurled a banner commemorating the dead students. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Later, on an official visit to China in 1991, Pelosi and two congressmen were briefly detained by Chinese police, after unfurling a small banner in protest to commemorate pro-democracy protesters killed near Tiananmen Square. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 2 Aug. 2022 For another, Fetterman paid $2,000 for an airplane to haul a banner over weekend beachgoers on the Jersey Shore welcoming Oz back home to the Garden State. Marc Levy, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 For another, Fetterman paid $2,000 for an airplane to haul a banner over weekend beachgoers on the Jersey Shore welcoming Oz back home to the Garden State. Marc Levy,, 30 July 2022 The Huntington Beach Fire Department said the plane was carrying a banner over the beach. Fox News, 23 July 2022 Meissner founded Modena Motorsport in 1983, and this car still carries a windshield banner from the company. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 21 July 2022 After a banner 2020-21 fiscal year, the system was 82% funded. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t Look Up and an executive producer on HBO’s Winning Time, is one of the originators of the idea and is producing via his Hyperobject Industries banner along with the company’s Todd Schulman. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 Thue noted that a licensing subcommittee had already voted in favor of granting The Pearl its license — and the commission decided that walk-in traffic and social media were an acceptable substitute for a sign or banner out front. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Feb. 2022 Lawrence will executive produce under his Doozer Productions banner along with Jeff Ingold. Joe Otterson, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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

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