• WordNet 3.6
    • v ban prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure "Smoking is banned in this building"
    • v ban forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
    • v ban expel from a community or group
    • v ban ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
    • n ban a decree that prohibits something
    • n BAN a bachelor's degree in nursing
    • n ban an official prohibition or edict against something
    • n ban 100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania
    • n ban 100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hypnotism is banned by public schools in San Diego
    • Ban (Feudal & Mil) A calling together of the king's (esp. the French king's) vassals for military service; also, the body of vassals thus assembled or summoned. In present usage, in France and Prussia, the most effective part of the population liable to military duty and not in the standing army.
    • Ban A curse or anathema. "Hecate's ban ."
    • n Ban băn A kind of fine muslin, made in the East Indies from the fiber of the banana leaf stalks.
    • Ban A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban; as, a mulct paid to a bishop by one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.
    • Ban A public proclamation or edict; a public order or notice, mandatory or prohibitory; a summons by public proclamation.
    • n Ban An ancient title of the warden of the eastern marches of Hungary; now, a title of the viceroy of Croatia and Slavonia.
    • Ban An interdiction, prohibition, or proscription. "Under ban to touch."
    • Ban Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in church. See Bannsthe common spelling in this sense).
    • Ban To curse; to invoke evil upon.
    • v. i Ban To curse; to swear.
    • Ban To forbid; to interdict.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a store's walk-in-meat freezer
    • ban To summon; call out.
    • ban To anathematize; pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon; place under a ban.
    • ban To curse; execrate.
    • ban To prohibit; interdict; proscribe.
    • ban To curse; utter curses or maledictions.
    • n ban In feudal times: A public proclamation or edict; especially, a proclamation summoning to arms.
    • n ban The array or body so summoned. See arrière-ban, 2.
    • n ban A proclamation made at the head of a body of troops, or in the cantonments of an army, by beat of drum or sound of trumpet, to announce the appointment of an officer or the punishment of a soldier, to enforce discipline, etc. In modern times these proclamations are published in the written orders of the day.
    • n ban A proclamation or notice given in a church of an intended marriage: generally used in the plural, bans, usually spelled banns (which see).
    • n ban An edict of interdiction; a sentence of outlawry. Thus, to put a prince under the ban of the empire was to divest him of his dignities, and to interdict all intercourse and all offices of humanity with the offender. Sometimes whole cities have been put under the ban, that is, deprived of their rights and privileges.
    • n ban Interdiction; authoritative prohibition.
    • n ban A formal ecclesiastical denunciation; curse; excommunication; anathema.
    • n ban A malediction; expression of execration; curse.
    • n ban A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban.
    • n ban A mulct paid to the bishop, in addition to other penalties, for certain crimes connected with sacred things, chiefly sacrilege and perjury.
    • n ban A title formerly given to the military chiefs who guarded the southern marches of Hungary (the Banat), but now only to the governor of Croatia and Slavonia, who is appointed by the emperor of Austria as king of Hungary, and is responsible to the landtag of Croatia and Slavonia.
    • n ban A fine sort of muslin made in the East Indies from the leaf-stalk fibers of the banana.
    • n ban A Rumanian coin and money of account: its value is that of the French centime.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
    • n Ban ban a proclamation: sentence of banishment: outlawry: anathematisation: a denunciation: a curse
    • v.t Ban (arch.) to curse:
    • n Ban ban the governor of a Banat, an old name for the military divisions on the eastern boundaries of the Hungarian kingdom
    • v.t Ban (prov.) to chide or rail upon: to anathematise: to proscribe
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  • Libby Houston
    Libby Houston
    “The base emotions Plato banned have left a radio-active and not radiant land.”
  • Tony Hancock
    Tony Hancock
    “It's red hot, mate. I hate to think of this sort of book getting in the wrong hands. As soon as I've finished this, I shall recommend they ban it.”
  • Philip Larkin
    Philip Larkin
    “Sexual intercourse began in 1963 (which was rather late for me) -- Between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles first LP.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bann, command, edict; akin to D. ban, Icel. bann, Dan. band, OHG. ban, G. bann, a public proclamation, as of interdiction or excommunication, Gr. fa`nai to say, L. fari, to speak, Skr. bhan, to speak; cf. F. ban, LL. bannum, of G. origin. √86. Cf. Abandon Fame


In literature:

But now he hears tell as I ban't to have the cottage, he's off it.
"The Torch and Other Tales" by Eden Phillpotts
And you, old ban- dog, listen too, for I know you obstinate!
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
The next ban on immigration should be on returning vacationists.
"Love Conquers All" by Robert C. Benchley
Guthred, son of Donald Ban MacWilliam; led rebellion in Moray and slain.
"Sutherland and Caithness in Saga-Time" by James Gray
Men who had been under the ban, for opinion's sake, were coming into public view and public favor, and disclosing great abilities.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Donald Ban, after a brief period of power, was driven out by Duncan (1094); Duncan was then slain by the Celts (1094).
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
She felt as if a ban was removed from her when she looked upon the old things so valued by her father.
"Turns of Fortune" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
I'll ban his wedding travels, gin I couldna ban his wedding!
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
All who opposed this decree were to be exposed to the ban of the empire, with all its pains and penalties.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Also, I couldn't help feeling more grateful still for the Duchess ... who is under ban: and for how long I wonder?
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett

In poetry:

My nestie it lieth
I' the how o' a ban';
The swing o' the scythe
'Ill miss 't by a span.
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
Let us two bless where others ban,
And love when others hate,
And so, my cordial Jonathan,
We'll fit, I calculate.
"To Brother Jonathan " by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Yet heard ye how--ban of success--
Irresolution ruled,
Till all our green peninsula
And border-land, were schooled
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Though none respectable are here,
And trim officials ban,
Our duty, Jack, is not with them,
But here with Hope and Man.
"May Day" by Bernard O Dowd
Exalt thyself: be more than man,
Be saint or be magician,
And where the burning Sword awaits
Defy the old seraphic ban.
"Dominium in Excelsis" by Clark Ashton Smith
But for the good of fellow man,
And for his Master's sake,
He shuns no cross, and fears no ban;
'Tis these a hero make.
"The Heroes Of Our Day" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

PARIS — Japan will not join in any agreement to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna under the United Nations treaty on endangered species, the country's top fisheries negotiator said.
The trick, of course, is that the actors just appear to be naked — the censor-offending, federally banned body parts blurred beyond recognition by the wonders of modern editing.
Pity in Paramus for mayor's blue law ban bluster .
Derided by some (okay, many), German-born director Uwe Boll has made ten movies in the last eight years, challenged critics to boxing matches, and inspired an online petition to ban him from cinema for eternity.
Ban Ki-moon says Syria is reporting 10 soldier injuries.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Ted Turner and Kofi Annan join forces at the Global Leadership Awards Dinner.
Big Boyz bail bondsman banned from city Central Booking .
A Big Boyz bail bondsman has been banned from Central Booking after an exchange with jail staff, a move his attorney says was unnecessary.
The Czech prime minister said his government will ease a ban on the sale of spirits that was put into place because of methanol poisoning that killed 26 people.
Florence Mayor Bans MTV From Filming 'Jersey Shore' Stars Boozing in Public.
The HIV travel ban is lifted.
The ban also extends to automated bots that gather items when the player isn't present.
Removal of deep water snapper-grouper fishing ban provides some relief to the sportfishing industry.
Bottom fishing ban may start today.
But that will have to occur out of state since New York bans professional mixed martial arts events.

In science:

We could not see any reasonable way to deal with these technical problems, so we ban disjunctive explanations.
Causes and Explanations: A Structural-Model Approach. Part II: Explanations
Another three-jet related event shape in DIS was discussed by Andrea Banfi .
Multi-hadron Final States
Banfi, “Azimuthal correlations in DIS.” these proceedings. F.
Multi-hadron Final States
This is found for disk galaxies (e.g., Kennicutt, Edgar, & Hodge 1989; Banfi et al. 1993; Rozas et al. 1996), including those with active nuclei (Gonz´alez-Delgado & P´erez 1997).
Discussion: Star Formation Within Galaxies
In this case, the first ban g of a “double bang ” event occurs outside of the detector, and the resulting tau lepton travels into the effective volume, where it decays.
High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Opportunities For Particle Physics