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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Related stories from Charlotte Observer Drivers saw a person hanging from a billboard and called 911. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Vandal left disgusting and smelly surprise on pastor’s chair at church, NC police say," 11 July 2018 The battle of the billboards is the latest sign that Walker sees Evers as his most likely opponent in the Nov. 6 election. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker and Tony Evers duel in billboards ahead of Democratic debate," 12 July 2018 One of the billboards even plays on George's initials also being the first letters of the team's primary colors. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Billboards recruit LeBron James, Paul George for Lakers," 25 June 2018 And that was before recreational-use legalization created this year’s explosion of marijuana billboards on city streets. Washington Post, "Commentary: Keep pot billboards away from kids," 24 June 2018 One of those billboards should be in prime real estate, like Inglewood, because the Black Caracal doesn’t forget about the hood either! Jermaine Fowler, GQ, "Black Panther," 14 May 2018 One prominent candidate from the ticket headed by Ameri, Karim al-Nouri, joked that more people participated in the rapid dismantling of election billboards for scrap metal than in the election., "Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr takes surprise lead in Iraq's election as prime minister falters," 14 May 2018 The network also creates popular features to promote the area’s history, such as photo collections of billboards over the decades or the 1972 Black Hills flood. David Beard, The Atlantic, "The Libraries Bringing Small-Town News Back to Life," 28 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, an underground collective of art terrorists monkey-wrenches billboards and other mediums of the Man, and the lumpen-telemarketers left behind by Cash rally to unionize. Ty Burr,, "Why we should be thankful for ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 11 July 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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