ban·​quet | \ ˈbaŋ-kwət How to pronounce banquet (audio) , ˈban- also -ˌkwet \

Definition of banquet

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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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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 The redevelopment — expected to cost upwards of $10 million — involves expanding the lobby, renovating the banquet space, creating a promenade that goes through the courtyard, and moving the pool and building a path across it for bridal processions. Madison Iszler,, "Historic hotel near San Antonio airport to undergo multimillion-dollar renovation," 19 May 2020 The cultural center owns and runs the facility, also known as Lenau Park, that houses a restaurant, bar, banquet hall and offers other venues. cleveland, "Free meal distribution brings cultural center and community together: Olmsted Dates and Data," 18 May 2020 On his way to a wedding, at the very door of the banquet hall, a man is buttonholed by a haggard and compelling stranger. James Parker, The Atlantic, "‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,’ Rebooted," 13 May 2020 The Far East Cafe has been an institution in San Francisco’s Chinatown since 1920, one of the community’s storied banquet halls. Kellie Hwang,, "How Chinatown restaurants help community during shelter-in-place," 7 May 2020 Highland Capital has previously said the 233-room InterContinental will include more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space and a top-floor ballroom and banquet space with views of the nearby downtown skyline. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "More details about Dallas’ Cityplace Tower redo," 30 Mar. 2020 The 200+ sporting events includes baseball, basketball, football, tennis, volleyball and track and field but not practices, banquets and other mandatory functions. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Mother's Day: Here's what loved ones want you to know about some amazing sports moms," 9 May 2020 There was a banquet that Friday night, which Anderson attended and over which Bright would preside. John Archibald |, al, "Scientist at odds with Trump Admin has Alabama roots," 8 May 2020 In the following days, Wuhan hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people. USA Today, "Three months in: A timeline of how COVID-19 has unfolded in the US," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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