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 billboard is strategically located about 13 minutes away from the first Deaf school in the U.S., the American School for the Deaf. Laura Zornosa, Los Angeles Times, "Christine Sun Kim’s vision rewarded with fellowship for artists with disabilities," 14 Oct. 2020 To publicize the effort, Democrats are also launching a billboard Tuesday in Waukesha ahead of Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Weldall Manufacturing. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barack Obama urges Wisconsinites to make a plan to vote," 13 Oct. 2020 However, by mid-October, the exes were reportedly spotted together for Card B's 28th birthday celebration, which included a lot of PDA, an expensive gift, and a huge billboard in her honor. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Cardi B and Offset: A Complete Relationship Timeline," 11 Oct. 2020 Breaking into a billboard in particular can be performed remotely, as plenty of hackers have previously demonstrated. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot," 11 Oct. 2020 Dear Mahatma: Repeal sales tax exemptions on billboard and radio advertising. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: No blanket exemptions on ad taxes," 10 Oct. 2020 Finally, a court battle challenging the billboard law in 2018 led to a settlement supporting the state prohibition on large billboards too close to roads and the state’s right to maintain and manage the right-of-way, McCarthy said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "State wants oil tax increase opposition group to remove supersized ‘Vote No on 1’ signs along roadways," 10 Oct. 2020 No final decisions have been made and the company could retain the property, which opened in 2001 and includes roughly 885,000 square feet (82,000 square meters) of space -- as well as outdoor billboard space for rent. Gillian Tan,, "Thomson Reuters Is Said to Seek Buyers for 3 Times Square Stake," 6 Oct. 2020 Her billboard on Interstate 35 can only do so much. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "America’s Main Street Revival Goes Into Reverse, Cutting a Small-Town Lifeline," 4 Oct. 2020 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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21 Oct 2020

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“Billboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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