bill·​board | \ ˈbil-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce billboard (audio) \

Definition of billboard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flat surface (as of a panel, wall, or fence) on which bills are posted specifically : a large panel designed to carry outdoor advertising


billboarded; billboarding; billboards

Definition of billboard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to promote by a conspicuous display on or as if on a billboard

Examples of billboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Expenses of $34,000 included campaign mailings, a billboard and about $3,400 to hire a company to plow snow for some city residents, according to her report. Mike Nolan,, "Finance reports show more than $500,000 spent by campaigns before Southland elections," 19 Apr. 2021 The billboard, which will be installed for one month, will be placed on I-465, north of I-70 on the city's west side, 1.7 miles from the Indianapolis International Airport. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Democrats purchase billboard attacking Braun, Young for 'no' vote on Biden's relief plan," 5 Apr. 2021 In Brunswick, Georgia, the Rev. John Perry and another Black pastor put their faces on a billboard promoting the vaccines, and postcards with a similar image were mailed to residents., "More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts," 11 Apr. 2021 Her face appeared on a billboard in Times Square; then, suddenly, Midtown was deserted. New York Times, "Sam Hunt’s," 10 Mar. 2021 Coca-Cola turned off its Times Square billboard for a day. Alison Sider, WSJ, "With Georgia Voting Law, the Business of Business Becomes Politics," 10 Apr. 2021 Demand Justice released an online petition telling Breyer should immediately step down and drove a billboard truck around the U.S. Supreme Court building Friday calling for Breyer’s retirement. Alison Durkee, Forbes, "Progressives Demand ‘Breyer Retire’ So Biden Can Appoint Supreme Court Justice," 9 Apr. 2021 The Democratic National Committee is putting up a billboard in Indianapolis this week, attacking Sen. Mike Braun and Sen. Todd Young for voting against President Joe Biden's latest $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Democrats purchase billboard attacking Braun, Young for 'no' vote on Biden's relief plan," 5 Apr. 2021 That stemmed from a court case brought by a San Luis Obispo man who said seeing a marijuana billboard along the freeway would expose his children to the dangers of the devil’s weed. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "No marijuana billboards allowed? California is making it hard on legal weed," 4 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like a lot of Russian fans, Savinov was dressed to billboard his indignation. David Segal, New York Times, "Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry," 20 Feb. 2018 Read more: Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Barry Manilow Scores 26th Top 40 Album With ' Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Barry Manilow Receives BMI Icon Award as Co-Songwriter of the Year Justin Tranter Pushes for More Diversity," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of billboard


1843, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Billboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of billboard

: a large sign for advertisements that is next to a road, on the side of a building, etc.


bill·​board | \ ˈbil-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce billboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of billboard

: a flat surface on which outdoor advertisements are displayed

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