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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At a banquet-style event in Peoria with roughly 350 guests, Pence joined Gov. Doug Ducey to support Karrin Taylor Robson, a wealthy donor and former member of the Arizona Board of Regents who is widely seen as the establishment candidate. Rick Klein, ABC News, 25 July 2022 Calzada and offensive lineman Layden Robinson shared the Texas A&M team award for toughness at the end of last season, both of them being honored with that accolade during the team’s annual December banquet. Tom Green |, al, 21 July 2022 The last to read was Teacher Zhu, who wrote about attending a banquet dinner in Beijing years before. Ling Ma, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 At last month’s banquet, he was honored with the Aztecs Going Pro Resilience Award to recognize his academic improvement. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 Galveston has remained a busy site for Juneteenth events: after dedicating a 5,000-square-foot mural last year, in 2022 Galveston will celebrate the holiday with a banquet, poetry festival, parade and a picnic. Regina Cole, Forbes, 17 June 2022 On Friday evening, there will be a banquet celebration, awards ceremony and farewell party back at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Ryan Bacic, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Dear Amy: My best friend recently attended her professional association’s top producers’ banquet. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 3 June 2022 Dear Amy: My best friend recently attended her professional association’s top producers’ banquet. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2022 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 See More

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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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“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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