Word of the Day: Banner

American Flag


ban-ner / băn-ər

1. the flag of a nation or other group
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Francis Scott Key, 1779 – 1843

2. the standard of a ruler or knight
I gave my heart to the Americans and thought of nothing else but raising my banner and adding my colors to theirs.
Marquis de Lafayette, 1757 – 1834

3. a sign, carried at a march or demonstration
The human race is a race of cowards; and I am not only marching in that procession but carrying a banner.
Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910

4. a long strip of cloth or similar material containing an advertisement, slogan, etc.
Vote early and vote often’: the advice openly displayed on the election banners in one of our northern cities, in 1858.
William Porcher Miles, 1822 – 1899

5. something representing a belief or value
As far as carrying the American banner, you just do what’s right for the kids.
Dennis Farina, 1944 – 2013

6. a large newspaper headline that covers the entire width of a page
The banner of the Daily Mirror newspaper on August 26, 1920 read, “WOMEN WIN RIGHT TO VOTE IN SUFFRAGETTE VICTORY”.

7. an advertisement that covers the entire width of a webpage
Buying a banner, you have no control whether ten different people see your ad once, or one person sees it ten times.
Gil Penchina, ? –

8. covered with flags, emblems or other advertising
Many pawn shops are bannered with the slogan “We Buy Gold”.

9. to feature prominently
Bannered across the laser-cut brass inlay of the tiled entry, the suitably cheeky and cheerful legend ‘Quality Drugs’ celebrates the bygone era of friendly neighborhood apothecaries.
Courtney Eldridge, Wallpaper*, 1-9-2017

10. especially good
There are strong indicators that 2017 will be a banner year for companies and workers.
Dr. Steven Lindner, NY Daily News, January 12, 2017