• WordNet 3.6
    • n banns a public announcement of a proposed marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Banns bănz 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • banns The proclamation of intended marriage in order that those who know of any impediment thereto may state it to the proper authorities. Banns were made a part of ecclesiastical legislation by the fourth Council of the Lateran, a. d. 1215, whose decrees were confirmed by the Council of Trent. In the Roman Catholic Church the celebration of marriage without previous proclamation of the banns, unless by special dispensation, is gravely illicit, but not invalid. The proclamation is made by the parish priest of each contracting party, on three consecutive festivals during public mass. The proclamation of banns is no longer required in order to a valid civil marriage in England, Scotland, or the United States.
    • banns The proclamation or prologue of a play.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Banns banz a proclamation of marriage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Ban
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Ban.


In literature:

The banns were published without delay.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
But I said I wouldn't, if either you or the kitten forbade the banns.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
He was going to marry her at once; as soon as ever they could get their banns put up.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
So he forbids the banns.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Our banns were called last Sunday in church, and we are to be married in a fortnight.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
He spoke to the vicar and gave in the banns.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
But Paul of Tarsus many ages ago forbade the banns.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Are not the banns published?
"The Contrast" by Royall Tyler
Be my guest until the banns have been properly published, and marry from Ogilvy Grange.
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
A marriage may be performed in a church without banns on production of a registrar's certificate.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux
But an escaped convict with the police inquiring for him cannot put up the banns.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
This publicity is secured, first, by Banns.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
I believed the banns could be published whilst the consent was being worked for.
"A Marriage at Sea" by W. Clark Russell
The banns were to be spoken at the church; but Brenner's papers never arrived from Hohenlohe, his birthplace.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
Marriage was for long by banns, and the ceremony was at first performed by magistrates and not by clergymen.
"Women of America" by John Rouse Larus
She still would fain have forbidden the banns, had any power of forbidding remained in her hands.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Your banns have been published in church, now, three times.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
If you try to marry her I shall be at the wedding to forbid the banns.
"Marion Darche" by F. Marion Crawford
The valleys of the Bann and Lagan, with the intervening shores of Lough Neagh, form the fertile lowlands.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
Its waters are carried to the sea by the Bann, which is of no use for navigation, being obstructed by weirs and rocks.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various

In poetry:

The banns put up, the ring was there,
The bride in satin would appear.
Now all the joyous blessings flow,
Except that time mov'd rather slow.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
The widow rose up with a blush,
While Priest and People all were hush;
"Banns I forbid," the fair one cried,
"Both in this church and all beside."
"John Bolders" by William Hutton
All joy was bereft me the day that you left me,
And climb'd the tall vessel to sail yon wide sea;
O weary betide it! I wander'd beside it,
And bann'd it for parting my Willie and me.
"Wandering Willie" by Sir Walter Scott
Then I whispered "I see
The sweet secret thou keepest.
And the yearning for ME
That thou wistfully weepest!
And the question is 'License or Banns?',
though undoubtedly Banns are the cheapest."
"Atalanta In Camden -Town" by Lewis Carroll
I vowed in my youth, fool-king, when the golden fetter
Thy love that bound me and bann'd me full weary I wore,
But all poor men of thy menai I held them better,
All stalwart knights of thy train unto me were more.
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

' Parlour Song': A cautionary tale of banns and bombs.
Grand Canyon Disposable Water Bottle Bann Blocked.