bill·board | \ ˈbil-ˌbȯrd \

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

Even in Michigan, the billboards advertising websites, such as, which pinpoints the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries, are pretty common. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "5 things I found surprising about legal marijuana in Colorado," 12 July 2018 Standing on the sidewalk across from the billboard, Tom Valentino of Painesville, Ohio, snapped some final photographs for posterity. Tom Withers,, "Cleveland hurting after LeBron chooses L.A., Lakers," 2 July 2018 Until then, at least the billboards are fun to drive by. Maggie Gordon, Houston Chronicle, "The LeBron billboards keep coming," 27 June 2018 The billboard is delivering a condemnation of President Trump's immigration policies. CBS News, "Activist artists alter billboard near San Francisco to deliver anti-ICE message," 21 June 2018 That's a very important part of the Emmys — getting the billboard. Rebecca Farley,, "An Emmy For Megan," 12 July 2018 The billboard often shows jaywalkers from weeks ago, though authorities have recently reduced the lag to about five or six days. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 In addition, the two billboards on the property would be removed as part of this development. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Developer plans warehouse, distribution building in Aurora," 4 July 2018 That’s 105 miles from the Interstate 95 billboard near Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach, 74 miles from one on the Sawgrass Expressway near Sunrise Boulevard in Sunrise and 53 miles from one on the Palmetto Expressway at U.S. 27 near Hialeah. Larry Barszewski,, "If you've got a car, Florida's got the Keys," 26 June 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 \

Kids Definition of billboard

: a flat surface on which outdoor advertisements are displayed

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