Definition of banns in English:

banns

Syllabification: banns
Pronunciation: /banz
 
/

noun

  • A notice read out on three successive Sundays in a parish church, announcing an intended marriage and giving the opportunity for objections.
    More example sentences
    • Christ Church in Skipton read out the banns of marriage and no less than 12 couples were contemplating getting wed.
    • This notice or banns must be read thrice in the church at intervals of at least one week.
    • Print up invitations to a marriage, publish banns at a friendly church, have one or more brides or grooms and even eat wedding cake.

Origin

Middle English: plural of ban1.

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