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

Smith, who lives in Ellington, will be among the honorees at the Franciscan Life Center’s annual sports banquet and auction Tuesday night at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Dom Amore,, "For Claire Smith, 'Just Going To Work' Inspired A Generation Of Women In Sports Journalism," 2 June 2018 In addition to speakers, officer elections, a dinner banquet and awards, the meeting offered dual certification and instruction tracks. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: In digital world, instructors work to keep human element in hunter safety program," 2 June 2018 Each field will receive a USD $1 million prize and the winners will be celebrated at an upcoming banquet and award ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Scientific American, "Meet the Winners of the 2018 Kavli Prize," 31 May 2018 The new location is an impressive two-story, 16,000-square-foot space with dining downstairs and a banquet and corporate-events hall upstairs. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Blue Mesa Grill closes Arlington location in Lincoln Square (updated and corrected) | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 May 2018 The Detroit casinos' gaming revenue figures don't cite their actual profits or include their many nongaming revenue sources such as hotel rooms, banquets and food sales. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Caesars Windsor set to resume strike talks as Detroit casinos see gains," 14 May 2018 Despite recent efforts by building owners to take over the space in partnership with another tenant for banquets and church services, the Zoning Board of Adjustment denied the variance April 25 that neighbors had protested for months. Anna Orso,, "Fishtown venue shuts down weeks before weddings, and couples now out thousands of dollars," 9 May 2018 Griffin will receive his award at the Charlotte Post Foundation banquet on Oct. 13 at the Hilton Center City. Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "He went to a segregated high school. For decades, he's fought for education equality.," 22 June 2018 Other events will be a banquet and silent auction, a spirit investigation and the showing of two Ginger Rogers films. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 12-18: ‘Mamma Mia,’ Comedy Get Down, Ginger Rogers Festival, Tony Rock," 10 July 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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