(Zoöl.), a large fish of the genus Histiophorus, of the Swordfish family, having a broad bannerlike dorsal fin; the sailfish. One species (H. Americanus) inhabits the North Atlantic.

(Ban"nered) a. Furnished with, or bearing, banners. "A bannered host." Milton.

(Ban"ner*et) n. [OE. baneret, OF. baneret, F. banneret; properly a dim. of OF. baniere. See Banner.]

1. Originally, a knight who led his vassals into the field under his own banner; — commonly used as a title of rank.

2. A title of rank, conferred for heroic deeds, and hence, an order of knighthood; also, the person bearing such title or rank.

The usual mode of conferring the rank on the field of battle was by cutting or tearing off the point of the pennon or pointed flag on the spear of the candidate, thereby making it a banner.

3. A civil officer in some Swiss cantons.

4. A small banner. Shak.

(Ban"ner*ol) n. A banderole; esp. a banner displayed at a funeral procession and set over the tomb. See Banderole.

(Ban*ni"tion) n. [LL. bannitio. See Banish.] The act of expulsion. [Obs.] Abp. Laud.

(Ban"nock) n. [Gael. bonnach.] A kind of cake or bread, in shape flat and roundish, commonly made of oatmeal or barley meal and baked on an iron plate, or griddle; — used in Scotland and the northern counties of England. Jamieson.

Bannock fluke, the turbot. [Scot.]

(Banns) n. pl. [See Ban.] Notice of a proposed marriage, proclaimed in a church, or other place prescribed by law, in order that any person may object, if he knows of just cause why the marriage should not take place.

(Ban"quet) n. [F., a feast, prop. a dim. of banc bench; cf. It. banchetto, dim. of banco a bench, counter. See Bank a bench, and cf. Banquette.]

1. A feast; a sumptuous entertainment of eating and drinking; often, a complimentary or ceremonious feast, followed by speeches.

2. A dessert; a course of sweetmeats; a sweetmeat or sweetmeats. [Obs.]

We'll dine in the great room, but let the music
And banquet be prepared here.

(Ban"quet), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banqueted; p. pr. & vb. n. Banqueting.] To treat with a banquet or sumptuous entertainment of food; to feast.

Just in time to banquet
The illustrious company assembled there.

(Ban"quet), v. i.

1. To regale one's self with good eating and drinking; to feast.

Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets,
I would not taste thy treasonous offer.

Banner fish

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