ban·quet | \ ˈbaŋ-kwət , 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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banqueter noun

Synonyms for banquet

Synonyms: Noun

dinner, feast, feed, 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

After his father’s business in Worcester, Mass., went under, Greene’s family moved in the 1960s to West Palm Beach, where his father had a vending machine delivery route and his mother waited banquet tables at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach. Anthony Man,, "Don't know Jeff Greene? You soon will, says Democratic candidate for governor," 1 July 2018 The musical program will be followed by a banquet and then dancing at the Manchester Country Club. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "New England's Oldest Cultural German Organization Celebrates 160 Years," 8 June 2018 Every year the university has service awards and service-excellence banquets. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 He was honored as the Crimson Tide's most valuable player at the team's year-end awards banquet. Ben Jones,, "Dolphins rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick named Alabama Amateur Athlete of the Year," 11 June 2018 At the Lancers’ athletics year-ending awards banquet – the Elizabeth Jensen Scholarships - Wilia was one of a few athletes with local ties to earn a $1,000 prize. Charles Rich,, "College Update: St. Francis product Brandt closes out college days on links," 9 June 2018 The next class of Houston Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at next year's Houston Sports Award banquet. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's legendary 34s get their Hall of Fame rings," 4 June 2018 Michael Clevenger/Louisville Courier Journal Rondale Moore, Trinity High School senior and budding college football star, was among those honored at Louisville’s Paul Hornung Award banquet in March. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Rondale Moore has 'every opportunity to play' as a freshman at Purdue," 23 May 2018 Cannon's recruiting visit to Oxford coincided with the Ole Miss team awards banquet, so wearing a suit and tie and eating a huge steak was heady stuff. Ron Higgins,, "Rivals who became friends mourn the loss of LSU's Billy Cannon," 23 May 2018

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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


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 \

Kids Definition of banquet

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

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