Banns Definition

An announcement, especially in a church, of an intended marriage.
American Heritage
The proclamation, generally made in church on three successive Sundays, of an intended marriage.
Webster's New World

The announcement of a forthcoming marriage (legally required for a church wedding in England and Wales and read on the three Sundays preceding the marriage).


Origin of Banns

  • Middle English banes pl. of ban proclamation from Old English gebann and from Old French ban (of Germanic origin bhā-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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