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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]
bar1 a length of rigid, solid material, often cylindrical in shape, generally used as a barrier or support. [13 definitions]
bar2 a unit of pressure equal to one million dynes per square centimeter.
Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States and current President. Before his 2004 election to the U.S. Senate, in which he served until November 2008, Barack Obama worked as an attorney, a community organizer, and an Illinois state senator (1997-2004). He is the first African-American to be elected to the U.S. presidency (b.1961).
barb a small, sharp point projecting in the opposite direction of the main point or hook, as on an arrow, fishhook, or the like. [3 definitions]
Barbados an island country in the Antilles.