• Two men carrying a banner
    Two men carrying a banner
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj banner unusually good; outstanding "a banner year for the company"
    • n banner long strip of cloth or paper used for decoration or advertising
    • n banner any distinctive flag
    • n banner a newspaper headline that runs across the full page
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R A pump with a 'Temperance' banner forms a letter R
Three Horsemen with Banners Three Horsemen with Banners

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Star Spangled Banner" did not become a national anthem until 1931. It was designated by an Act of Congress
    • Banner A kind of flag attached to a spear or pike by a crosspiece, and used by a chief as his standard in battle. "Hang out our banners on the outward walls."
    • Banner A large piece of silk or other cloth, with a device or motto, extended on a crosspiece, and borne in a procession, or suspended in some conspicuous place.
    • Banner Any flag or standard; as, the star-spangled banner .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The music for "The Star Spangled Banner" comes from a British drinking song named "Anacreon."
    • n banner The piece of cloth, attached to the upper part of a pole or staff, which in former times served as the standard of a sovereign, lord, or knight, after which he and his followers marched to war, and which served as a rallying-point in battle; hence, the flag or standard of a country, army, troop, etc.; a standard or ensign.
    • n banner In heraldry, a square flag which in the middle ages was the ensign of a knight banneret. Instances are related of a knight companion being made a knight banneret on the field of battle, the mark of his promotion being the tearing off of the points of his pennon, leaving the flag square. In modern usage, any square flag is termed a banner when it bears heraldic devices. The most familiar instance is the royal banner of England, commonly called the royal standard; but other heraldic banners are used in the funeral ceremonies of knights of the Garter and the higher nobility.
    • n banner An ensign or flag bearing a badge or emblem, as of a society or order, and borne in processions. Banners were early used in the processions of the Christian church, usually of the form adopted by Constantine. It consisted of a square cloth suspended from a cross-bar near the top of a gilt pole, bearing or surmounted by the sacred symbol . See labarum.
    • n banner Figuratively, anything displayed as a profession of principles.
    • n banner See ensign, flag, pennon, and standard.
    • n banner In botany, the vexillum or upper petal of a papilionaceous flower. Also called the standard.
    • n banner One of eight divisions into which the Manchus are marshaled, each with distinguishing flag or banner. Four of the flags are plain (red, yellow, white, or blue), the other four having a margin of a different color. Hence, the Manchus are known collectively as the Eight Banners and as bannermen.
    • banner Leading or foremost in regard to some particular cause or matter, such as giving the largest majority to a political party, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope. The music is from an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven."
    • n Banner ban′ėr a military standard: a flag or ensign bearing some device, as in processions, &c
    • ***


  • Tennessee Williams
    “Bohemia has no banner. It survives by discretion.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession, but carrying a banner.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Yet, Freedom! yet thy banner, torn, but flying, streams like the thunderstorm against the wind.”
  • Erich Segal
    Erich Segal
    “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
    Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
    “I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for a league.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. banere, OF. baniere, F. bannière, bandière, fr. LL. baneria, banderia, fr. bandum, banner, fr. OHG. bant, band, strip of cloth; cf. bindan, to bind, Goth. bandwa, bandwo, a sign. See Band (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. banere—Low L. bandum, bannum; cog. with Band and Bind.


In literature:

Before our holy banners float again from the walls of his castle, I must sleep in death!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
Three crosses in concord blended, The banner of Britain's might!
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
That's what all those banners and things were for.
"Americans All" by Various
There were some standing apart from the rest, with terraced roofs, and we could see there were banners waving over them.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
On the first of June, 1815, the Emperor was reinaugurated on the field of Mars, and the eagles were restored to the banners.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
In London the streets were packed with people; triumphal arches, banners and devices were everywhere.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
From the tops of some of these pegs little banners of green cloth fluttered in the breeze.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Colonel H. A. Macdonald, "Fighting Mac," had a characteristic brigade banner, readily distinguishable.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
King Sancho, fleeing from the field, saw with joy the green banner of the Cid in the distance.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
And now he must fight a number of them both in the ranks of Lancelot and under the banner of Modred.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards

In poetry:

Held a bright rag up
Like a banner won,
And went and hid it
Behind a stone!
"Jackdaw" by Padraic Colum
The sisters turn spindles
And spin, spin yarn.
Wild hops creep
Over fallen banners.
"I Gather Motley Flowers" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
Still strain the banner-poles
Through the wind's song,
Westward the banner rolls
Over my wrong.
"A Good Knight In Prison" by William Morris
Deep as a sea of scarlet
I saw the banners roll—
And then the great war terror
Laid hold upon my soul.
"The Warrior Maid" by Anna Hempstead Branch
Only a "Star Spangled banner,"
The Negro saw it wave,
But he saw not "land of free"
Neither "home of brave."
"Only" by Frank Barbour Coffin
God's blue star-spangled banner
To-night is not unfurled,
Surely He has not deserted
This weary, warring world.
"A Rainy Day in Camp" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Blaine Bomb Squad Girls' U11 team members held their banners high when entering NSC Stadium.
Active from the late-1960s through mid-1972, the 13th Amendment were a dashiki-clad 10-piece Baton Rouge soul revue, sponsored by Parish councilman Joseph Delpit, who operated under the banner of "Musical Freedom Personified".
Protesters hold banner in front of parliament during rally against the upcoming visit by German Chancellor Merkel in Athens.
This slideshow by Evening Sun photographer James Robinson features photos of the United States flag, as displayed by area residents, and a rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" recorded by the Marine Corps Band in 1953.
Occupy banner drop called off on account of coverage.
It's that time of year when most car dealerships inflate a few balloons, hang up some streamers and unfurl well-worn clearance banners.
Nori St Paul/special to the Banner.
A banner, symbol, or ideal inspiring devotion or courage.
From The Athens Banner-Herald: Two ornamental fountains on the University of Georgia campus that were turned off for more than a year are.
Real Oviedo fans show their support for the club in the Estadio Carlos Tartiere with a banner reading "For the future of Real Oviedo " before a game with Real Madrid's reserve team on November 11, 2012.
On Sunday's Banner-Herald editorial page, local columnist Myra Blackmon addresses an issue that's likely on a lot of our minds in the wake of Tuesday's election.
Palatine 's Lucas Rago (32) is first to burst through the banner at the start of Palatine 's homecoming game against cross-town rival Fremd.
A Heartland man is under arrest and accused of stealing 145 aluminum window frames from a property on Banner Way in Brashear.
A wide collaboration of community groups, the city and school officials in Palo Alto — under the "Project Safety Net" banner — is evolving from a crisis-response effort to a long-term focus on youth wellness and well-being.

In science:

Banner et al., Observation of very large transverse momentum jets at the CERN p ¯p collider , Phys.
Electrodynamics and the Mass-Energy Equivalence Principle
However, a comparable amount of revenue is currently generated by the more traditional graphical advertisements (or banner ads, or more simply, ads) placed on web pages, and that is the type considered in this paper.
Bid Optimization for Internet Graphical Ad Auction Systems via Special Ordered Sets
Imagine a seller allocating a limited inventory (e.g. impressions of a banner ad on a specified website at a specified time in the future) to a sequence of potential buyers who arrive sequentially, submit bids at their arrival time, and expect allocation decisions to be made immediately after submitting their bid.
Randomized Online Algorithms for the Buyback Problem
Random walks in random environments have been at the center of the probabilists’ interest for several decades. A specific class of such random walks goes under the banner of the Random Conductance Model.
Recent progress on the Random Conductance Model
This type of portfolio was used by Banner and D.
Generalizations of Functionally Generated Portfolios with Applications to Statistical Arbitrage