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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bannsnoun

    a public announcement of a proposed marriage


  1. bannsnoun

    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. banns

    The banns of marriage, commonly known simply as the "banns" or "bans" (from a Middle English word meaning "proclamation", rooted in Frankish and thence in Old French), are the public announcement in a Christian parish church, or in the town council, of an impending marriage between two specified persons. It is commonly associated with the Catholic Church, the Church of Sweden (Lutheran), the Church of England (Anglican), and with other Christian denominations whose traditions are similar. In 1983, the Catholic Church removed the requirement for banns and left it to individual national bishops' conferences to decide whether to continue the practice, but in most Catholic countries the banns are still published. The purpose of banns is to enable anyone to raise any canonical or civil legal impediments to the marriage, so as to prevent marriages that are invalid. Impediments vary between legal jurisdictions, but would normally include a pre-existing marriage that has been neither dissolved nor annulled, a vow of celibacy, lack of consent, or the couple's being related within the prohibited degrees of kinship.


  1. banns

    Banns are a public announcement made in a church, traditionally for three successive Sundays, declaring an intended marriage to give any potential objectors the opportunity to provide reasons why the marriage may be illegal or should not take place. The practice is commonly followed in Christian churches.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banns

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Banns

    banz, n.pl. a proclamation of marriage.—To forbid the banns, to make formal objection to a projected marriage. [From Ban.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banns in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banns in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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