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

Some fans also held up Iron Front banners, which was in violation of the league's ban. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Timbers Army, Other Fans Protest MLS Ban on Political Displays at Sounders Game," 23 Aug. 2019 People waved signs and banners, socialist flags, communist flags, Russian imperial flags. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Moscow marchers now demand release of jailed protesters," 10 Aug. 2019 But how Ronald Reagan made that choice in a 1975 speech was to raise a banner, in a weird gender thing, of No Pale Pastels. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Pelosi-Versus-Squad Paradigm," 18 July 2019 Every June and July, red, white and blue banners advertising firework stands at the nearest exit speckle highways around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Emma Ruby, Dallas News, "Firecrackers, family and funky hair: The folks behind North Texas' fireworks stands," 3 July 2019 In 2016, students waved the Betsy Ross flag and a Trump banner at a high school football game in Michigan, prompting the superintendent to apologize. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "What is the Betsy Ross flag and why is there controversy about it?," 2 July 2019 Eventually, those became the icons, banners, and badges that litter our smartphones today. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "A Brief History of Smartphone Notifications," 26 June 2019 And whereas most mainstream Republicans at first disowned Mr Trump, thus ruling themselves out of working for him, moderate Tories are flocking to Mr Johnson’s banner, in the hope of landing a plum job in his cabinet. The Economist, "Which Boris would Britain get?," 20 June 2019 The Café du Monde inspiration will continue for Saturday’s release party at Sneaker Politics’ Chartres Street store, with in-store cafe tables, green and white banners and, of course, beignets. Jennifer Larino, nola.com, "This French Quarter shop is releasing a Cafe du Monde-inspired sneaker," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, BostonGlobe.com, "In Richard Russo’s “Chances Are...,” an incomplete reunion brings overdue revelations," 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, "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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