Ban

Noun

  • (obsolete) A curse or anathema.
  • A subdivision of currency, equal to a 1/100th of a Moldovan leu
  • prohibition
  • The gathering of the (French) king's vassals for war; the whole body of vassals so assembled, or liable to be summoned; originally, the same as arrière-ban: in the 16th c., French usage created a distinction between ban and arrière-ban, for which see the latter word.

    "The Ban and the Arrierban are met armed in the field to choose a king."

  • "The act of calling together the vassals in armed array, was entitled ‘convoking the ban."

  • A subdivision of currency, equal to a 1/100th of a Romanian leu
  • A title used in several states in central and south-eastern Europe between the 7th century and the 20th century.
  • The gathering of the (French) king's vassals for war; the whole body of vassals so assembled, or liable to be summoned; originally, the same as arrière-ban: in the 16th c., French usage created a distinction between ban and arrière-ban, for which see the latter word.

    "He has sent abroad to assemble his ban and arriere ban."

  • "The ban was sometimes convoked, that is, the possessors of the fiefs were called upon for military services.''"

  • A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban, such as a mulct paid to a bishop by one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.
  • A unit measuring information or entropy based on base-ten logarithms, rather than the base-two logarithms that define the bit.
  • A public proclamation or edict; a summons by public proclamation. Chiefly, in early use, a summons to arms.

    "Bans is common and ordinary amongst the Feudists, and signifies a proclamation, or any public notice."

  • The gathering of the (French) king's vassals for war; the whole body of vassals so assembled, or liable to be summoned; originally, the same as arrière-ban: in the 16th c., French usage created a distinction between ban and arrière-ban, for which see the latter word.

    "France was at such a Pinch..that they call'd their Ban and Arriere Ban, the assembling whereof had been long discussed, and in a manner antiquated."

Verb

  • (transitive) To curse; execrate.
  • (transitive) To anathematise; pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon; place under a ban.
  • (intransitive) To curse; utter curses or maledictions.
  • (transitive, obsolete) To summon; call out.
  • (transitive) To prohibit; interdict; proscribe; forbid or block from participation.

    "Bare feet are banned in this establishment."

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