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.
Middle English: plural of ban1.
forbid the banns
- archaic Raise an objection to an intended marriage.More example sentences
- I will not forbid the banns, for they are not very near of kin, but I wish they were further apart every day.
- Her parents object to the social position of her fiancé; in point of fact, they forbid the banns.
- Still, whichever methods you decide to employ, I sincerely hope that they go on to forbid the banns in no uncertain manner.
Definition of banns in:
- The US English dictionary