ban·​quet | \ ˈbaŋ-kwət How to pronounce banquet (audio) , ˈban- also -ˌkwet\

Definition of banquet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


banqueted; banqueting; banquets

Definition of banquet (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to partake of a banquet The night before, after a typical 12-hour workday, the president banqueted until nearly midnight …— Spike Mafford

transitive verb

: to treat with a banquet : feast They will be banqueting visiting dignitaries.

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Other Words from banquet


banqueter noun

Synonyms for banquet

Synonyms: Noun

dinner, feast, feed, regale, spread

Synonyms: Verb

dine, feast, junket, regale

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Examples of banquet in a Sentence


They held a banquet in his honor. prepared a celebratory banquet for the graduating class


banqueted the returning troops at the military base
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The events followed a state visit by Mr Trump to Britain, which included a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The Economist, "Politics this week," 8 June 2019 Chabot gained notoriety at a Republican banquet before last year’s election by thanking the Ohio General Assembly for putting Warren County into his district. Scott Wartman,, "Rep. Steve Chabot doesn't think he'll lose Warren County; gerrymandering ruling no worry," 7 June 2019 On Thursday night, Patriots owner Robert Kraft held a banquet at his home to present Tom Brady and the team with Super Bowl rings after winning their sixth championship in franchise history. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Tom Brady Chugs Beer, Shows Off Super Bowl Rings at Ceremony for Number 6," 7 June 2019 The Dallas All Sports Association honored her at a 1986 banquet that featured Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry and tennis star Chris Evert Lloyd. Tribune Content Agency,, "Her coach secretly abused her for years; now she had the courage to come forward," 7 June 2019 Still, the most telling image to surface from the week's festivities was Hussein's shot, where Ivanka and Jared joined the president and First Lady Melania Trump at a banquet on palace grounds. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump," 6 June 2019 The president capped off the first day of his London visit Monday by dining with Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family at a lavish state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Fox News, "Trump and first lady host dinner for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla in UK," 5 June 2019 At a state banquet in London’s Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II,... James Freeman, WSJ, "Market Signal Says China and Trump Approaching a Deal," 5 June 2019 After a royal welcome on Monday, including a lavish white-tie banquet at Buckingham Palace, President Donald Trump will get down to business today. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "From pageantry to protests, Day 2 of Trump's U.K. state visit: The Morning Rundown," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of banquet


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for banquet

Noun and Verb

Middle French, from Old Italian banchetto, from diminutive of banca bench, bank

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English Language Learners Definition of banquet

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


ban·​quet | \ ˈbaŋ-kwət How to pronounce banquet (audio) \

Kids Definition of banquet

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

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