—bannable, adj./ban/, v., banned, banning, n.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.3. the act of prohibiting by law; interdiction.4. informal denunciation or prohibition, as by public opinion: society's ban on racial discrimination.5. Law.a. a proclamation.b. a public condemnation.6. Eccles. a formal condemnation; excommunication.7. a malediction; curse.[bef. 1000; ME bannen, OE bannan to summon, proclaim; c. ON banna to curse (prob. influencing some senses of ME word), OHG bannan; akin to L fari to speak, Skt bhanati (he) speaks]Syn. 1. taboo, outlaw, proscribe. 3. prohibition, proscription, interdict. 3, 4. taboo.Ant. 1. allow.ban2/ban/, 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.[1200-50; ME, aph. var. of iban, OE gebann proclamation, summons to arms (deriv. of bannan BAN1), influenced in some senses by OF ban, from same Gmc base]ban3/ban, bahn/, n.1. (formerly) the governor of Croatia and Slavonia.2. Hist. a provincial governor of the southern marches of Hungary.[1605-15; < Serbo-Croatian bân, contracted from *bojan, *bajan, said to be < a Turkic personal name, perh. introduced into the Balkans by the Avars; cf. MGk bo(e)ános ban]ban4/bahn/, n., pl. bani /bah"nee/.a Rumanian coin, the 100th part of a leu.[1960-65; < Rumanian, of uncert. orig., perh. < Serbo-Croatian bân BAN3]
* * *▪ Hungarian officialformer Hungarian title denoting a governor of a military district (banat) and later designating a local representative of the Hungarian king in outlying possessions, e.g., Bosnia and Croatia. Originally a Persian word, ban was introduced into Europe by the Avars. The Kingdom of Yugoslavia, divided into banovine, or provinces, revived the title and office of ban in October 1929 and used it until the German–Italian invasion of April 1941.
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