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 The resulting images ran on Times Square billboards, in print publications and online. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Juul Advertised Its Products on Kids' Websites, New Lawsuit Alleges," 12 Feb. 2020 On big screens and billboards, propaganda videos and posters warn people to stay inside, wear masks and wash hands. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "China, Desperate to Stop Coronavirus, Turns Neighbor Against Neighbor," 3 Feb. 2020 Fooling Technology Nassi says phantoms aren't just a concern in the wild through projector methods like his own, but that these false positives could also be embedded into digital billboards, which are often in a car's frame of vision. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Turns Out It's Really Easy to Trick Tesla's Autopilot With a Cheap Projector," 31 Jan. 2020 Rather, anonymous billboards appeared around metro Detroit in support of students involved in the fight. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Code of silence reigns amid scandals, misbehavior at all-boys Catholic schools," 2 Jan. 2020 The startup also hopes to take advantage of the largely local cannabis industry’s bent toward word of mouth, physical billboards, and primitive email lists. Richard Morgan, Fortune, "This Startup Wants to Be the PayPal of Weed," 24 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, activists have held rallies at state capitols, marched in the streets, put up memorials and billboards, bought television advertising and created exhibits with space for prayer offerings to draw attention to missing indigenous women. Author: Michael Balsamo, Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. attorney general unveils plan to tackle crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans," 23 Nov. 2019 The campaign, which reportedly cost close to $500,000 to develop and launch, has already been promoted across the state through television advertisements, billboards, posters and a website, Argus Leader reports. Joelle Goldstein,, "South Dakota's $500K Anti-Meth Campaign Says 'We're On It' — and Draws Major Criticism Online," 18 Nov. 2019 At worst, the flagships are the architectural equivalent of screeching billboards, guilty of maximum self-aggrandizement and minimum style. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Magnificent Mile? Our architecture critic says some of the street’s retail flagships only merit a ‘meh’," 12 Nov. 2019 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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“Billboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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