Definition of banns in English:


Line breaks: banns
Pronunciation: /banz


  • A notice read out on three successive Sundays in a parish church, announcing an intended marriage and giving the opportunity for objections.
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    • 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.


forbid the banns

archaic Raise an objection to an intended marriage.
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  • 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.


Middle English: plural of ban1.

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