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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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

Once again, Duchess Kate was spotted wearing one of Princess Diana's favorite tiaras while at the Dutch state banquet today at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Stunning Lover's Knot Tiara Has a Fascinating Royal History," 23 Oct. 2018 Booker has secured the keynote speaker role at the marquee fall Democratic Party fundraising banquet in Des Moines on Oct. 6. Thomas Beaumont, The Seattle Times, "Eyeing White House, Cory Booker introduces himself to Iowa," 24 Sep. 2018 Dulaney High School seniors Lydia Naughton and Aaron Dow were recently honored at the McCormick’s Unsung Heroes Awards banquet, where Lydia was also the recipient of a $7,500 scholarship. Melissa Whatley,, "Dulaney High students honored for their athletic achievements," 30 May 2018 Rifles and shotguns are usually top prizes offered at their fund-raising banquets, and many attendees show up in the hopes of winning an expensive firearm. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Why California lawmaker wants to restrict charity gun raffles | The Sacramento Bee," 10 Apr. 2018 But those were not the only shining moments at the awards banquet, co-hosted by Ochsner Medical Center-North Shore and Slidell Memorial Hospital. Carol Wolfram,, "Slidell professionals, community leaders shine at Starry Starry Night celebration," 18 Feb. 2018 That celebration stretches over four days, including a scholarship banquet, cultural events and a community Day of Service. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Here’s the latest on the canceled MLK Day parade in Arlington," 12 Jan. 2018 The honor is denoted by a deep blue sash, which Camilla was wearing at the banquet yesterday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Received an Extremely Important Honor from the Queen," 24 Oct. 2018 Kate wore three major pieces from Queen Elizabeth’s private jewelry collection at a state banquet in 2015. Erin Hill,, "Queen Elizabeth Gave Meghan Markle a Gorgeous Pair of Earrings for Their First Trip Together," 14 June 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

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 \

Kids Definition of banquet

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

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