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

Kate wore it again to the Diplomatic Reception in 2016, and also to a state banquet when King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the United Kingdom in 2017. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Wearing the Lover's Knot Tiara at the State Banquet," 23 Oct. 2018 Tonight, the Duchess of Cambridge brought two more grand pieces out of the vault for a state banquet honoring the King and Queen of the Netherlands at Buckingham Palace. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The History Behind Kate Middleton’s Stunning State Banquet Jewels," 23 Oct. 2018 President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold a state banquet for him on Friday evening, an event that many German opposition politicians are refusing to attend. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Turkey's Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit," 27 Sep. 2018 Proceeds from the evening, which included a banquet beforehand, benefitted ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Little Big Town, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi Join Top Songwriters For ACM Stories, Songs & Stars," 14 Apr. 2018 Once in Japan, Pence plans to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including attending a banquet dinner with him Wednesday night, as well as speak to troops at Yokota Air Base on Thursday. Ashley Parker, Washington Post, "Pence leaves for Asia, focused on increasing pressure on North Korea," 5 Feb. 2018 The place has 347 rooms, a massive vaulted banquet hall, a museum (which showcases the royal family’s impressive classic car collection), a throne chamber, library, ballroom, indoor swimming pool, and tennis and marble squash courts. Noor Brara, Vogue, "See the Palace Where Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Get Married," 13 Nov. 2018 The center also could include a space for banquet facilities. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "City Council OKs new plans for Aurora University, West Plaza," 29 June 2018 Until the ordinance is re-written, concerts will be moved into the banquet hall or canceled. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Concerts at winery strike sour note with neighbors in McCordsville," 22 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


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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