- the flag of a country, army, troop, etc.
- an ensign or the like bearing some device, motto, or slogan, as one carried in religious processions, political demonstrations, etc.
- a flag formerly used as the standard of a sovereign, lord, or knight.
- a sign painted on cloth and hung over a street, entrance, etc.: Banners at the intersection announced the tennis tournament.
- anything regarded or displayed as a symbol of principles.
- Heraldry. a square flag bearing heraldic devices.
- Also called banner line, line, screamer, streamer. Journalism. a headline extending across the width of a newspaper page, usually across the top of the front page.
- an open streamer with lettering, towed behind an airplane in flight, for advertising purposes.
- Also called banner ad. an advertisement that appears across the top or bottom or along one side of a web page.
- leading or foremost: a banner year for crops.
- a long strip of flexible material displaying a slogan, advertisement, etc, esp one suspended between two points
- a placard or sign carried in a procession or demonstration
- something that represents a belief or principlea commitment to nationalization was the banner of British socialism
- the flag of a nation, army, etc, used as a standard or ensign
- (formerly) the standard of an emperor, knight, etc
- Also called: banner headline a large headline in a newspaper, etc, extending across the page, esp the front page
- an advertisement, often animated, that extends across the width of a web page
- a square flag, often charged with the arms of its bearer
- (tr) (of a newspaper headline) to display (a story) prominently
- US outstandingly successfula banner year for orders
c.1200, from Old French baniere (Modern French bannière) “flag, banner, standard,” from Late Latin bandum “standard,” borrowed from a West Germanic cognate of Gothic bandwa “a sign” (see band (n.2)). Figurative use from early 14c. Of newspaper headlines, from 1913.