noun \ˈbaŋ-kwət, ˈban- also -ˌkwet\

: a formal dinner for many people usually to celebrate a special event

Full Definition of BANQUET

:  a sumptuous feast; especially :  an elaborate and often ceremonious meal for numerous people often in honor of a person <a state banquet>
:  a meal held in recognition of some occasion or achievement <an awards banquet>

Examples of BANQUET

  1. They held a banquet in his honor.
  2. <prepared a celebratory banquet for the graduating class>

Origin of BANQUET

Middle French, from Old Italian banchetto, from diminutive of banca bench, bank
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of BANQUET

intransitive verb
:  to partake of a banquet
transitive verb
:  to treat with a banquet :  feast
ban·quet·er noun

Examples of BANQUET

  1. <banqueted the returning troops at the military base>

First Known Use of BANQUET

circa 1500

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