Pronunciation: (banz), [key]
—n. (used with a pl. v.) Eccles.
1. notice of an intended marriage, given three times in the parish church of each of the betrothed.
2. any public announcement of a proposed marriage, either verbal or written and made in a church or by church officials. Also,bans.
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