how to pronounce ban


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ban is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of ban in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… who's doing the travel ban it's just so …”

meanings of ban


  1. A subdivision of currency, equal to one hundredth of a Moldovan leu.
  2. A curse or anathema.
  3. Initialism of British Approved Name.
  4. The gathering of the king's vassals for war; the whole body of vassals so assembled, or liable to be summoned; originally, the same as arrière-ban: in the 16th c., French usage created a distinction between ban and arrière-ban, for which see the latter word.
  5. A title used in several states in central and south-eastern Europe between the 7th century and the 20th century.
  6. Prohibition.
  7. A pecuniary mulct or penalty laid upon a delinquent for offending against a ban, such as a mulct paid to a bishop by one guilty of sacrilege or other crimes.
  8. A unit measuring information or entropy based on base-ten logarithms, rather than the base-two logarithms that define the bit.
  9. A public proclamation or edict; a summons by public proclamation. Chiefly, in early use, a summons to arms.
  10. A subdivision of currency, equal to one hundredth of a Romanian leu.


  1. To curse; to execrate.
  2. To prohibit; to interdict; to proscribe; to forbid or block from participation.
  3. To anathematize; to pronounce an ecclesiastical curse upon; to place under a ban.
  4. To summon; to call out.
  5. To curse; to utter curses or maledictions.


  1. A surname​.

ban frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word ban occurs in english on average 14.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ban can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ban can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

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