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Meaning of ban

ban

Pronunciation: (ban), [key]
— v., n. banned, ban•ning,
—v.t.
  1. to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime.
    1. to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
    2. to curse; execrate.
—n.
  1. the act of prohibiting by law; interdiction.
  2. informal denunciation or prohibition, as by public opinion: society's ban on racial discrimination.
    1. a proclamation.
    2. a public condemnation.
  3. a formal condemnation; excommunication.
  4. a malediction; curse.

ban

Pronunciation: (ban), [key]
— n.
  1. a public proclamation or edict.
  2. banns.
  3. (in the feudal system)
    1. the summoning of the sovereign's vassals for military service.
    2. the body of vassals summoned.

ban

Pronunciation: (ban, bän), [key]
— n.
  1. (formerly) the governor of Croatia and Slavonia.
  2. a provincial governor of the southern marches of Hungary.

ban

Pronunciation: (bän), [key]
— pl. ba•ni
  1. a Rumanian coin, the 100th part of a leu.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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