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[banz] /bænz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Ecclesiastical
notice of an intended marriage, given three times in the parish church of each of the betrothed.
any public announcement of a proposed marriage, either verbal or written and made in a church or by church officials.
Also, bans.
1540-50; variant of bans, plural of ban2
Can be confused
banns, bans. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for banns
  • Marriages by banns were recorded in the church or parish register.
  • The marriage may be performed ten days after posting of the banns.
  • The alternative was to go to church and get married after the banns had been called three successive weeks.
  • Not if youve had the banns put up properly, or got a license.
British Dictionary definitions for banns


plural noun
the public declaration of an intended marriage, usually formally announced on three successive Sundays in the parish churches of both the betrothed
forbid the banns, to raise an objection to a marriage announced in this way
Word Origin
C14: plural of bann proclamation; see ban1
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see bann.

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