banquet

noun
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

banquet

verb
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

Verb

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 Manville experienced heavy flooding that led to several homes and a banquet hall exploding due to gas leaks, CNN affiliate WCBS reported. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 5 Sep. 2021 Jennings, who termed it an accident, did leave the program in good standings: He was voted the team MVP and one of five permanent team captains at the Volunteers’ year-end awards banquet after his senior season. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Aug. 2021 The Alabama Media Group sports staff earned 10 awards, including five first-place honors, during the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s annual awards banquet on Sunday night. al, 15 June 2021 The owner of a New Jersey banquet hall watched as his business was engulfed by flames Friday. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 4 Sep. 2021 Doss said Milford expects the second phase of the park, which includes an indoor pavilion, space for meetings and a banquet hall, to be funded with grants. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 17 Aug. 2021 The 7,500-square-foot dining area has several distinct rooms that remind you of its banquet hall past. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2021 In neighboring towns, pre-pandemic years have seen success for Taste of Morton Grove, traditionally held inside a banquet hall every March, and Taste of Park Ridge, traditionally held outdoors every July. George Castle, chicagotribune.com, 10 June 2021 The school is in Hesperia, a desert city in San Bernardino County, but the prom was held at a banquet hall in Upland. New York Times, 6 June 2021 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, 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

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First Known Use of banquet

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for banquet

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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19 Sep 2021

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“Banquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banquet. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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banquet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of banquet

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

banquet

noun
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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