What is BANNS OF MATRIMONY? Definition of BANNS OF MATRIMONY in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.
Public notice or proclamation of a matrimonial contract, and the intended celebration of the marriage of the parties in pursuance of such contract. Cowell; 1 Bla. Comm. 439; Pothier, Du Man age p. 2, c. 2.
Such announcement is required by the English law to be made in a church or chapel, during service, on three consecutive Sundays before the marriage is celebrated. The object is to afford an opportunity for any person to interpose an objection if he knows of any impediment or other just cause why the marriage should not take place. The publication of the banns may be dispensed with by procuring a special license to marry.
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