Definition of Banns

1. Noun. A public announcement of a proposed marriage.

Category relationships: Church, Church Service
Generic synonyms: Announcement, Promulgation



Definition of Banns

1. n. pl. Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage should not take place.

Definition of Banns

1. Noun. 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). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Banns

1. a marriage notice [n]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Banns

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bannition
bannock
bannocks
banns (current term)
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banoffee pie
banoffee pies
banoffi
banquet
banquet song
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Literary usage of Banns

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The vicar-general, vicar capitular, and administrator of a diocese may also dispense from the banns. In case the contracting parties belong to different ..."

2. Publications by Surrey Parish Register Society (1908)
"May 29 Robert Pocock & Eliza Pinfold,* both of S., by banns ; by Tho" ... [banns pub. June 21, 28 and July f, by TWJ John Row & Dinah Hart,* both of S., ..."

3. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Evidence, and Digest of Proofs, in Civil by Thomas Starkie (1891)
"But where Anna Colley was married upon a publication of banns in the name of Anna Sophia Colley, it was said by Sir W. Scott, that in the absence of fraud ..."

4. A Handbook of Husband and Wife According to the Law of Scotland by Frederick Parker Walton (1893)
"But if he have received such notice from the person whose consent is legally required, the publication of banns or the licence will be utterly void. ..."

5. The Marriage Law of England: A Practical Guide to the Legal Requirements by James Thomas Hammick (1873)
"Of banns. As the most common mode of solemnizing marriage according to the rites of the Established Church is after publication of banns, the state of the ..."

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