—v.t. 1. to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdict: to ban nuclear weapons; The dictator banned all newspapers and books that criticized his regime. 2. Archaic. a. to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon.
b. 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. 3. Law. a. a proclamation.
b. a public condemnation.
4. Eccles.a formal condemnation; excommunication.
5. a malediction; curse.
Pronunciation: (ban),[key] —n. 1. a public proclamation or edict.
3. (in the feudal system)
a. the summoning of the sovereign's vassals for military service.
b. the body of vassals summoned.
Pronunciation: (ban, bän),[key] —n. 1. (formerly) the governor of Croatia and Slavonia.
2. Hist.a provincial governor of the southern marches of Hungary.
Pronunciation: (bän),[key] —n., —pl.ba•niPronunciation: (bä'nē).[key] a Rumanian coin, the 100th part of a leu.