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

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To maintain those amenities without tax sharing, Shukle said, the city would have to significantly up the rents on mobile-home lots or tax the heck out of the two motorcycle dealerships and the billboard. Peter Krouse,, "Twin Cities tax sharing creates winners and losers - or maybe everybody wins: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 17 Sep. 2019 The race was delayed for about five minutes while crews took down signs on the inner turf course after jockeys raised concerns the billboards might distract the horses. John Kekis,, "Code of Honor holds on to win duel down the stretch," 24 Aug. 2019 Spaulding quickly used the billboard to her advantage, sharing it on social media and raising campaign cash off it. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Four things I learned about the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Iowa," 15 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit seeks to force Portolani Family to honor its lease agreement and prohibit it from interfering with First Glendora's attempts to access and maintain the billboard. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Lawsuit claims Uptown Dallas parking lot owner used June storm as excuse to end billboard lease," 31 July 2019 There’s no word yet on word on who vandalized the billboard. Marcus Jones,, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood billboard vandalized to feature Jeffrey Epstein and Roman Polanski," 26 July 2019 But the team's Twitter page seems more than OK with the billboard. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Bloomington women's softball team wins Busch sponsorship; beer company announces them as 'dudes'," 25 July 2019 Some of the iconic billboards that on any other day would light up Times Square were totally blank. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "How the city that never sleeps kept going when the lights went out," 14 July 2019 Between two of the giant concrete towers hangs the biggest Alexander Shunnarah billboard the world has ever seen., "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 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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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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