Meaning of 'ban' (Webster Dictionary)
- A public proclamation or edict; a public order or notice,
mandatory or prohibitory; a summons by public proclamation.
- 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
- Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in church. See Banns
(the common spelling in this sense).
- An interdiction, prohibition, or proscription.
- A curse or anathema.
- 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.
- An ancient title of the warden of the eastern marches of
Hungary; now, a title of the viceroy of Croatia and Slavonia. - To curse; to swear. - To curse; to invoke evil upon.
- To forbid; to interdict.