Banns meaning

bănz
An announcement, especially in a church, of an intended marriage.
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The proclamation, generally made in church on three successive Sundays, of an intended marriage.
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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).
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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