from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. An announcement, especially in a church, of an intended marriage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The announcement of a forthcoming marriage (legally required for a church wedding in England and Wales and read on the three Sundays preceding the marriage).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage should not take place.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The proclamation of intended marriage in order that those who know of any impediment thereto may state it to the proper authorities.
- The proclamation or prologue of a play.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a public announcement of a proposed marriage
Middle English banes, pl. of ban, proclamation, from Old English gebann and from Old French ban (of Germanic origin; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)