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bill·​board ˈbil-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce billboard (audio)
: a flat surface (as of a panel, wall, or fence) on which bills are posted
specifically : a large panel designed to carry outdoor advertising


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billboarded; billboarding; billboards

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
The area where the 61-floor office tower in Manhattan was planned could also become the site of basketball courts, New York Fashion Week or even a giant billboard that’s 150 feet (46 meters) tall by 197 feet wide, according to an online promotional brochure. Nacha Cattan, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Days later, a mobile billboard truck drove outside the entrance of Columbia displaying the names and faces of students who a conservative nonprofit said were linked to a statement blaming Israel for the Hamas terror attack. Matt Egan, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Though, in 2018, a local light designer transformed the structure’s skin into a massive LED billboard for the display of propaganda films. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 One of those images landed on a giant billboard in Times Square. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 9 Feb. 2024 In late June, months after billboards were placed around the metro with Crosdale’s face and name, kayakers stumbled upon a blue barrel floating in the Missouri River in Saline County, about 100 miles east. Bill Lukitsch, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Here in Bogotá, the Colombian capital, billboards advertising the series are everywhere. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Peter Ehrlich, a co-founder of the Scenic Miami advocacy group, said he is alarmed by Miami-Dade pursuing signs under the Metrorail that could be larger than most billboards. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 In October, the names and faces of Harvard students allegedly linked to an anti-Israel statement were plastered on a mobile billboard truck that drove near campus. Rene Marsh, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024
Like a lot of Russian fans, Savinov was dressed to billboard his indignation. David Segal, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2018 Read more: Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Barry Manilow Scores 26th Top 40 Album With ' Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 10 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1843, in the meaning defined above


1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of billboard was in 1843

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“Billboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a flat surface on which outdoor advertisements are displayed
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