: public announcement especially in church of a proposed marriage

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banns was in the 14th century

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“Banns.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banns. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

banns

noun plural
: public announcement especially in church of a proposed marriage

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