banns

plural noun
\ ˈbanz How to pronounce banns (audio) \

Definition of banns

: public announcement especially in church of a proposed marriage

First Known Use of banns

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banns

Middle English banes, banns, plural of ban, bane "proclamation by an authority, announcement in church of a proposed marriage" — more at ban entry 2

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“Banns.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banns. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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