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ban·​quet ˈbaŋ-kwət How to pronounce banquet (audio)
 also  -ˌkwet
: a sumptuous feast
especially : an elaborate and often ceremonious meal for numerous people often in honor of a person
a state banquet
: a meal held in recognition of some occasion or achievement
an awards banquet


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banqueted; banqueting; banquets

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.
banqueter noun

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
Biden, who was traveling in South Carolina, asked for a moment of silence during an appearance at a Baptist church's banquet hall. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 29 Jan. 2024 Biden, who was traveling in South Carolina, asked for a moment of silence during an appearance at a Baptist church’s banquet hall. Zeke Miller and Lolita C. Baldor, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 The 39th consecutive sellout Mancini’s St. Paul Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be May 13 at the Char House. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 The Alhambra eatery was hosting a banquet for survivors of the Monterey Park mass shooting. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Since starting the band nearly 10 years ago, Dreier has performed in nursing homes and synagogues, as well as banquet and music halls. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2024 With its private rooms and expansive banquet spaces, the Dragon has hosted countless first birthday parties, or doljanchi, and 80th birthdays, or palsun. Ashley Ahn, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The menu is dotted with hard-to-find dishes with roots in Armenia and neighboring countries, and a banquet hall was holding a raucous party on our Friday night visit. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 This is a weekend evening at Galuppi’s, the Pompano Beach institution that in its 20th year as a restaurant and banquet center is amplifying its reputation as a one-of-a-kind South Florida music venue. Greg Carannante, Sun Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024
But in many Western capitals the optics of the visit will look very different – two autocrats who have long described themselves as firm friends shaking hands and banqueting while a conflagration in Europe rages. Nectar Gan, CNN, 20 Mar. 2023 As photos on the academy website show, this was the last of the banqueting Oscars. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2023 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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Word History



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


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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of banquet was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ban·​quet ˈbaŋ-kwət How to pronounce banquet (audio)
 also  -ˌkwet
: a formal dinner for many people often in honor of someone


2 of 2 verb
: to treat or be treated with a banquet : feast
banqueter noun

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