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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the first three months of 2019 public-information spending reached €48m, much of it for a billboard campaign that accused Mr Soros of teaming up with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, to promote migration. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 31 Aug. 2019 Juul used social media, sponsored events, billboard advertising and free product giveaways – advertising not allowed for tobacco companies after a 1998 settlement agreement between states and the industry. Jackie Borchardt,, "Ohio mom sues Juul after teen daughters become addicted to e-cigarettes. Juuling led to mood swings and migraines, suit says.," 26 Aug. 2019 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is taking their advocacy efforts right to the West Wing with their latest billboard campaign. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "PETA slams Jared Kushner as "rich pest" in billboard targeting "rat infested" Baltimore apartments," 20 Aug. 2019 Gore noted a turning point in the debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union came in the form of a billboard ad that depicted a walking caravan of refugees. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Al Gore on Enbridge Line 3, green jobs, flooded farms and Greenland losing 11 billion tons of ice in one day," 5 Aug. 2019 Limits billboard advertising for vaping liquid to offers for only three flavors – tobacco, mint or menthol. Leada Gore |, al, "Alabama’s vaping laws changing Aug. 1," 31 July 2019 Morse is one of Michigan's most visible attorneys with TV spots and billboard ads that call his personal injury law firm the largest in the state. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Judge: Attorney Mike Morse 'at the very center' of no-fault scheme," 3 July 2019 Tyler Perry wasn’t impressed with her billboard advertisement, but aspiring actress Racquel Bailey doesn’t regret taking her shot. Lexi Vollero,, "Actress responds after Tyler Perry shoots down her billboard audition: 'I had to take a chance'," 6 June 2019 Smokey has also appeared on postage stamps, billboards and even a hot-air balloon. Emily Johnson, USA TODAY, "Happy birthday, Smokey Bear! See 75 years of the famous fire prevention mascot," 9 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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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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