banner

noun
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

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

Or will be carry the banner for international cooperation? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Madeleine Albright derides nationalism during keynote speech at UC San Diego commencement," 15 June 2019 Skateboards hang near banners on which the Ten Commandments have been lettered in 10 languages, as poorly rendered by Google Translate. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cold War ignites inspiration for Culture House DC artist," 14 June 2019 When Jarelle Redden was named the next head basketball coach at Woodward Career Technical High School last July, the Western Hills graduate was looking forward to hanging up championship banners. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Woodward freshman Paul McMillan IV already making a splash with summer play," 12 July 2018 During a visit by the U.N. Security Council to Port-au-Prince last year, victims vented their frustrations by hanging banners in the streets and staging protests near the council meetings. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "U.S. Congress to U.N.: What are you doing to compensate Haiti's cholera victims?," 15 June 2018 Highland Park Director of Public Works Willie Faison said the city's official centennial celebration committee is in the process of hanging 100 banners down Woodward Avenue to celebrate. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Celebrate Highland Park's centennial by looking to the future," 26 May 2018 From privacy to products to the treatment of its own employees and contractors, the banner is tattered. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Google," 26 Dec. 2018 Open the menu again and note that the new Style Sheet is displayed under the Custom banner between the headers called This Document and Built-In. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 The coalition came together first (under the banner of the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, which formed in 2014), to talk and begin understanding concerns across traditionally siloed groups, before any policy was developed. David Roberts, Vox, "Washington votes no on a carbon tax — again," 6 Nov. 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)

US : unusually good

banner

noun
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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