Ban n. A kind of fine muslin, made in the East Indies from the fiber of the banana leaf stalks.
1. A public proclamation or edict; a public order or notice, mandatory or prohibitory; a summons by public proclamation.
2. Feudal & Mil. A calling together of the king's (esp. the French king's) vassals for military service; also, the body of vassals thus assembled or summoned. In present usage, in France and Prussia, the most effective part of the population liable to military duty and not in the standing army.
3. pl. Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in church. See Banns (the common spelling in this sense).
4. An interdiction, prohibition, or proscription. “Under ban to touch.”
5. A curse or anathema. “Hecate's ban.”
6. A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban; as, a mulct paid to a bishop by one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.
Ban of the empire German Hist., an imperial interdict by which political rights and privileges, as those of a prince, city, or district, were taken away.
Ban, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banned p. pr. & vb. n. Banning.]
1. To curse; to invoke evil upon.
2. To forbid; to interdict.
Ban, v. i. To curse; to swear. [Obs.]
Ban, n. An ancient title of the warden of the eastern marches of Hungary; now, a title of the viceroy of Croatia and Slavonia.
n 1: a decree that prohibits something [syn: prohibition, proscription]
2: 100 bani equal 1 leu
3: 100 bani equal 1 leu
4: an official prohibition or edict against something [syn: banning,
5: a bachelor's degree in nursing [syn: Bachelor of Arts in
v 1: prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure;
"Smoking is banned in this building"
2: forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
3: ban from a place of residence, as for punishment [syn: banish]
4: expel from a community or group [syn: banish, ostracize,
ostracise, shun, cast out, blackball]
[also: banning, banned, bani (pl)]