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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These billboards can cost $30,000 for just a 15-second per hour spot. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Why All The Members Of BTS Are Single," 9 May 2019 New York City officials filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against a media company on Wednesday, accusing it of illegally operating a barge with digital billboards on the city’s waterways. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Sues to Stop Digital Billboards From Cruising Rivers," 27 Mar. 2019 One Russian company has announced a plan to build gigantic billboards in space, lighting up the night sky with advertisements for companies like Coke, McDonald’s, and KFC. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Russian Startup Wants to Project Giant Billboards in Space," 18 Jan. 2019 That campaign includes five billboards for $10,000, according to school district spokesman Clint Bond. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Fort Worth schools budget raises starting teacher pay," 26 June 2018 No Way!, this week ran digital and print ads in publications in Washington, Virginia and Tennessee and drove a mobile billboard around Amazon’s headquarters buildings in Seattle, a spokesman said. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Amazon, other Washington companies, get perfect scores for LGBTQ policies, but some advocates ask for more," 29 Mar. 2019 No diet pills ever had the razzle-dazzle of StarCaps, which were launched in 1986 and were promoted on a billboard that stood above Sunset Boulevard for years. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "An Unofficial History of Rich Women and Their Diets," 10 Apr. 2018 The Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council has purchased ad space on the billboard and intends to put up a welcome sign. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Texas billboard telling 'liberals' to leave the state removed, report says," 21 June 2018 Payne said the message on the billboard is changed about once a month. Jonathan Sperling /, NBC News, "Pro-Trump billboard in Maryland sparks social media debate," 9 May 2018

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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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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