Smoking has been banned in this building.
- The definition of a ban is a ruling that forcibly stops something.
A historical example of a ban is Prohibition which stopped the legal sale of alcohol.
- To ban is defined as to stop people from doing something.
An example of ban is to allow no cigarette smoking in a restaurant.
- to prohibit, as by official order, from doing, using, appearing, happening, etc.; forbid; censor: to ban fraternities, to ban a book
- Archaic to curse; condemn
Origin of banMiddle English bannen ; from Old English bannan, to summon, proclaim ; from ban, a command ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bha-, to speak: see phono-
- in medieval times, a proclamation, esp. an official calling of vassals to arms
- an excommunication or condemnation by church authorities
- a curse
- an official order forbidding something; prohibition
- strong public disapproval or condemnation intended to prevent something
- a sentence or decree of outlawry
Origin of banME < the v.; also < OFr ban, decree < OHG bann
Origin of banafter ban, title of provincial governors of Slavonia
transitive verbbanned, ban·ning, bans
- a. To prohibit (an action) or forbid the use of (something), especially by official decree: banned smoking in theaters; banned pesticides in parks. See Synonyms at forbid.b. To refuse to allow (someone) to do something, go somewhere, or be a participant; exclude: a coach who was banned from the sidelines for two games; a gambler who was banned from the club.
- South African Under the former system of apartheid, to deprive (a person suspected of illegal activity) of the right of free movement and association with others.
- Archaic To curse.
- An excommunication or condemnation by church officials.
- A prohibition imposed by law or official decree.
- Censure, condemnation, or disapproval expressed especially by public opinion.
- A summons to arms in feudal times.
- Archaic A curse; an imprecation.
Origin of banMiddle English bannen, to summon, banish, curse, from Old English bannan, to summon, and from Old Norse banna, to prohibit, curse; see bha-2 in Indo-European roots.
Origin of banRomanian, coin, coin of small worth, perhaps of Germanic origin and akin to Old High German ban, official proclamation, command (the original medieval Romanian coin being so called because coins were necessary to pay fines and feudal dues) and to Old English bannan, to summon; see ban1.
- British Approved Name