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 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 That is how an Iraqi army officer describes the billboard glorifying Qassem Suleimani, a stunningly successful Iranian commander who was killed in an American air strike on Iraqi soil in January 2020. The Economist, "Trouble with the neighbours Iraqis are getting fed up with Iran," 27 Mar. 2021 Community members responded online to an image of a billboard advertising Granger’s new role. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Ousted Lancaster superintendent now working in real estate with former board president who approved his $2 million buyout," 24 Mar. 2021 Twitter account even features a fairly dramatic aerial video showing the billboard’s proximity to the Green Monster. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers fans mock Red Sox with billboard next to Fenway Park," 23 Mar. 2021 The court also noted that the highly concentrated billboard market in Baltimore may be due in part to the fact that the city banned construction of new billboards in 2000., "Maryland high court upholds Baltimore billboard tax," 21 Mar. 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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13 Apr 2021

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“Billboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 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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