Ban

A proclamation of outlawry; a denunciation by the church (Anglo-saxon, ge-ban, a proclamation; verb, ge-bannan).

Marriage bans.
(See Banns.)

To ban
is to make a proclamation of outlawry. To banish is to proclaim a man an exile. (See Bandit.)

Lever le ban et l'arrière ban
(French). To levy the ban was to call the king's vassals to active service; to levy the arrière ban was to levy the vassals of a suzerian or under-lord.

“Le mot ban, qui signifie bannière, se disait de l'appel fait par le seigneur à ses vassaux pour les convoquer sous son étendard. On distinguait le ban composé des vassaux immédiats, qui etaient convoqués par le roi luimême, et l'arrière ban, composé des vassaux convoqués par leurs suzerains.” —Bouillet: Dictionnaire d'Histoire, etc.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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