banns definition by Webster's New World
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the proclamation, generally made in church on three successive Sundays, of an intended marriage
Origin: see ban
banns definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also bansplural noun
An announcement, especially in a church, of an intended marriage.
Origin: Middle English banes, pl. of ban, proclamation, from Old English gebann and from Old French ban (of Germanic origin; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots).