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

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of banquet in a Sentence

Noun They held a banquet in his honor. prepared a celebratory banquet for the graduating class Verb banqueted the returning troops at the military base
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Auto safety experts blame a seatback safety standard dating back to the 1960's that regulates seat strength, one even a banquet chair could pass. Megan Towey, CBS News, "Bill could force automakers to confront safety hazard blamed for dozens of child deaths a year," 4 July 2020 The owner of a popular banquet hall in Warren is under fire for what critics say was a racist and anti-Black Lives Matter post on his Facebook page. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Warren banquet hall owner criticized for anti-Black Lives Matter Facebook post," 3 July 2020 Jose Carrasco had worked as a banquet server at the Arizona Grand since 2008 when he was sent home on March 5. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Proposed union-backed ordinance stuns Phoenix hospitality industry," 2 July 2020 At some of its properties, Treehouse has converted the banquet halls into restaurants to ensure better distancing between tables. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "India’s restaurant industry is resetting its menu for a post-Covid-19 world," 28 June 2020 The banquet hall briefly operated as Christina's II a decade ago. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These three Waukesha restaurants rebranded during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's what that means for them.," 19 June 2020 Open congregate areas in restaurants, bars, banquet and catering facilities used for dancing and entertainment are now permitted to open, but businesses must follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Ohio now allows live music, dancing, mingling at weddings -- but keep your social distance," 12 June 2020 Conference centers and banquet facilities will remain closed until all shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted. Nick Rahaim,, "Is it safe to stay in hotels during coronavirus?," 11 June 2020 This year’s team will be honored at the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association annual banquet. James Weber,, "Walton-Verona senior battles rare condition, earns college softball scholarship," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Roy and others who work for the chamber and Visit Sitka were at Centennial Hall Sunday cleaning up from the chamber awards banquet the night before, and were stunned when the messages started coming in. Anchorage Daily News, "Sitka basks in glow of mention in emotional Super Bowl advertisement by Google," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of banquet was in the 15th century

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8 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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