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 Miss Softball and the Super All-State team, regardless of class, will be announced at the ASWA annual banquet on Sunday in Birmingham. Dennis Victory, al, 12 June 2021 The students and their families were hosted at an awards banquet May 26 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. cleveland, 4 June 2021 Trump met again with the queen a year later and exchanged toasts at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace during a three-day state visit. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Two of them will earn $5,000 awards; they will be announced at the banquet. Aegis Staff Report,, 1 June 2021 From the bread consumed at a tavern to the delicacies served at a banquet, food and wine were the staples of social interaction for a people whose lives were lived for socialization. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Instead of names being drawn from a mukluk at a packed banquet in Anchorage’s Dena’ina Center, this year’s starting order was determined by a digital number generator. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2021 Nelson, 47, stormed onto the national stage Jan. 20, 2019, at a union awards banquet. oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2021 At the banquet of destruction and disorder that is our food system, meat is indeed the centerpiece. Charlie Mitchell, The New Republic, 26 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the annual mushers banquet in Anchorage won’t happen as usual on the Thursday before the race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Jan. 2021 Our state government agency generally has an annual awards banquet off-site in December. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2020 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, 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


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


borrowed from Middle French banqueter, derivative of banquet banquet entry 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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