: a murdered Scottish thane in Shakespeare's Macbeth whose ghost appears to Macbeth

Examples of Banquo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The conceit comes into its own in the scenes featuring supernatural elements (the witches, Banquo’s ghost) and during Lady Macbeth’s descent into madness, when eerie vocal echoes are overlaid on the dialogue. Houman Barekat, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2023 When Banquo materializes at a dinner Macbeth is hosting, unseen by any of the guests or by Lady Macbeth, Maler has Tahir and Robinson stand on the table, facing each other like combatants about to wage battle. Don Aucoin,, 27 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Banquo was in 1607

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“Banquo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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