noun (used with a plural verb) Ecclesiastical.
- notice of an intended marriage, given three times in the parish church of each of the betrothed.
- any public announcement of a proposed marriage, either verbal or written and made in a church or by church officials.
- the public declaration of an intended marriage, usually formally announced on three successive Sundays in the parish churches of both the betrothed
- forbid the banns to raise an objection to a marriage announced in this way