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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Holmes and her 12-year-old daughter unwittingly made it into the billboard advert in Plumstead Common, south-east London, which had been mocked up to showcase the launch of Slade Café, set to open for local residents this month. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise Were Accidentally Used to Advertise a Café in London," 30 Oct. 2018 His comments come after the AAA puts up a billboard warning that Waldo is a speed trap. Mark Skoneki,, "Waldo is no longer the nation's worst speed trap, AAA says," 11 July 2018 Cleveland is taking down the iconic Nike-LeBron James billboard following news of his departure to the Los Angeles Lakers. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Where will Carmelo Anthony land? Lakers, Rockets among candidates," 6 July 2018 Netflix plans to spend $2 billion on marketing this year including billboard advertising, reports Reuters. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Netflix Is Taking Over Hollywood, One Billboard at a Time," 2 July 2018 The billboard battle to land LeBron James is in full swing. Alexandria Alejandro, Houston Chronicle, "Texas artists design billboard concept to lure LeBron James," 25 June 2018 One of my most memorable deals was working on the initial public offering of (billboard company) Clear Channel Outdoor. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Managing partner oversees 1,000 lawyers from San Antonio office," 25 June 2018 Our billboard concept had been copied in LA, in NYC and in Philly. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Philadelphia company tries to recruit LeBron to 76ers with plane banners at NBA draft," 21 June 2018 One of the first billboards honors Turkish soldiers killed in the battle to liberate this town from Islamic State militants. Washington Post, "Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria," 19 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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The first known use of billboard was in 1843

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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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