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.

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tables at restaurants, bars and banquet facilities must be spaced 6 feet apart unless there is a physical barrier between them. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, "Revised Ohio COVID-19 health order: Masks, social distancing at bars and restaurants still required," 12 Apr. 2021 The lingering pandemic prevented the ASWA from hosting a Player of the Year banquet this spring. Ben Thomas |, al, "Meet the 2020-2021 ASWA Boys Basketball All-State Teams," 28 Mar. 2021 The Palm Beach club — which includes the former president’s home as well as restaurants and banquet facilities — has dozens of employees during the winter season. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates As restrictions drop, new coronavirus infections in the U.S. begin to rise after months of declines," 22 Mar. 2021 But some residents say more amenities are needed like indoor playgrounds, banquet facilities and an indoor gym and track, said Amy Markle, Richfield's recreation services director. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, "Richfield officials nix notion of building new community center — for now," 18 Jan. 2021 Date and time of the banquet for the 2021 class will be determined depending on coronavirus pandemic restrictions. Rick Armstrong,, "Column: Looking back at Jenna Thorp, Hinckley-Big Rock winning back-to-back girls basketball state championships, and a sea of blue.," 18 Dec. 2020 The winners will be announced at a virtual awards show on Jan. 4, 2021, in lieu of the traditional awards banquet. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Quarterbacks highlight the finalists for the 2020 Groza Awards," 10 Dec. 2020 As of Tuesday, wedding receptions, funerals and other events held at banquet facilities are not allowed to have more than 10 people seated per table. Andrea Salcedo, Anchorage Daily News, "Ohio wedding left dozens with coronavirus infections, including the bride and groom," 18 Nov. 2020 Wedding receptions and other banquet facilities will be required to follow several guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including no socializing in open congregate areas and no dancing. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Reinstated coronavirus restrictions by state: What you need to know," 17 Nov. 2020 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, "On the revamped Iditarod race trail, Skwentna is the new White Mountain," 23 Jan. 2021 Our state government agency generally has an annual awards banquet off-site in December. Washington Post, "Office holiday parties are transformed for public health and economic crises," 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, "Sitka basks in glow of mention in emotional Super Bowl advertisement by Google," 4 Feb. 2020

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

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28 Apr 2021

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“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 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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