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banns

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Pronunciation: /banz
 
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Definition of banns in English:

plural noun

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

More
  • ban from (Old English):

    In Old English this meant ‘to summon by popular proclamation’. The word is Germanic and also passed into French where it had the sense ‘proclamation, summons, banishment’. This lies behind abandon (Late Middle English) based on the Old French phrase a bandon ‘at one's disposal, under one's jurisdiction’; and banal (mid 18th century) which originally related to feudal service and meant ‘compulsory’. From this came a notion of ‘common to everyone’ and so ‘ordinary and everyday’. The marriage banns (Middle English) read in church also come from the sense ‘proclamation’. Bandit (late 16th century) comes from Italian bandito a ‘banned person’, and banish (Late Middle English) comes from the same root.

Phrases

forbid the banns

1
archaic Raise an objection to an intended marriage.
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.

Words that rhyme with banns

glans, Prestonpans, sans

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