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 first billboard – photos of 15 local youth who had been killed by a gun – went up in 1995, and that is how the world got to know Stop Handgun Violence, the nonprofit Rosenthal and Kennedy founded., "The initial focus was on big events, the kind that pack a city’s hotels. They set their sights on the," 29 Oct. 2019 His billboards, mailers and volunteers focus on the nitty-gritty of casting a write-in ballot. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "From shoo-in to write-in: Paperwork stumble forces a Va. Republican to run the hard way," 23 Oct. 2019 According to Dhvani, the model in the billboard, Michal Mesa, is a Marine Corps veteran and middle school teacher. Arijeta Lajka, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Clothing co. gets attention with billboard of hog-tied Trump," 18 Oct. 2019 The men caused a pornographic video to play on both sides of the billboard, which is located next to Interstate 75, around 11pm on Saturday evening. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Men hack electronic billboard, play porn on it," 1 Oct. 2019 Police said the owner of the billboard, Triple Communications — a subsidiary of the company that owns the Pontiac Silverdome stadium — was cooperating with investigators. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Commuters get an eyeful after pair breaks in, uploads porn to Michigan billboard," 1 Oct. 2019 Several times a day, a catamaran rounds the Battery with a great, glowing billboard on its back. Thomas J. Campanella, The New Yorker, "The Trumpian Origins of New York’s Floating Billboard Problem," 18 Sep. 2019 Vote for your favorite billboard, which will be going up in Marion and seven surrounding counties over the next several weeks, at Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for your favorite 'High Art' billboard in Central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 The billboard, which raised more than $5,000 in 24 hours, was made using fan art and animated by a team that spanned the globe. Wired, "Netflix Can Kill The OA, But It Can't Kill a Movement," 28 Aug. 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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11 Nov 2019

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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 How to pronounce billboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of billboard

: a flat surface on which outdoor advertisements are displayed

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