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bankruptcy the condition of being legally insolvent or bankrupt; impoverishment or destitution. [2 definitions]
bank statement a document that shows all the transactions that have occurred during a specific period of time in a bank account, esp. a periodic statement compiled by a bank for an account holder.
banner a piece of cloth, usu. with a motto or emblem and mounted on a staff, representing a person, organization, or cause. [5 definitions]
bannister variant of banister.
bannock in Scottish or British cookery, a flat unleavened cake made of oatmeal, wheat, or other grains and baked on a griddle.
banns a public announcement in church of an upcoming marriage.
banquet an elaborate formal dinner. [4 definitions]
banquette a long, upholstered bench along a wall.
banshee in Irish folklore, a female spirit whose wailing forbodes the death of a loved one.
bantam (often cap.) a member of a small-sized breed of chicken, sometimes the miniature version of a larger breed. [3 definitions]
bantamweight a boxer of a weight class between flyweight and featherweight, between 112 and 118 pounds.
banter witty, playful conversation. [3 definitions]
Bantu a member of any of several peoples native to central and southern Africa who speak related languages. [2 definitions]
banyan a large East Indian fig tree, the branches of which send down added roots which become supports. [2 definitions]
banzai used by the Japanese as a battle cheer and meaning "Long live the emperor". [2 definitions]
baobab a large African tree with a trunk up to thirty feet thick and large, gourd-like, fleshy-centered fruits.
baptism a Christian rite in which an applicant for membership to the church is sprinkled with or immersed in water, signifying purification. [2 definitions]
baptism of fire a soldier's first experience of being in combat and under fire. [2 definitions]
Baptist a member of a Christian sect that believes in baptism of adults by immersion, following a profession of faith. [2 definitions]
baptistery a part of a church or a separate building used for administering baptism. [2 definitions]
baptize to administer the Christian rite of immersion in or sprinkling with water, to purify symbolically and admit to church membership. [4 definitions]