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

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

Thursday night in a banquet hall in the Birmingham neighborhood of Woodlawn, Payne was surrounded by friends and family for his moment of magic. Joseph Goodman,, "NFL Draft 2018: The last moments of a different life," 27 Apr. 2018 The big change for Sigler will be the scope of the restaurant, which features a sister bar, Bacchus, with its own special menu, plus banquet halls, in-room dining, breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Michael Russell,, "New Italian-American restaurant coming to longtime Pazzo space with former Renata chef at the helm," 5 Mar. 2018 For example The River View, which is a custom banquet facility, is hurt. Tyra Mcclung,, "Simsbury’s Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge will be closed this season as construction begins on a new park," 13 June 2019 No banquet facilities are included in restaurant plans. Chuck Fieldman,, "Commerce Plaza gets OK for fine dining restaurant," 12 June 2019 As the diners wander over to the bar for coffee and tea, waiters swiftly move the tables and chairs to transform the banquet hall into a dance floor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 These are not your typical banquet-hall, chicken-or-fish... Max Watman, WSJ, "‘Hotbox’ Review: Prepping the Fiesta," 11 Apr. 2019 The events followed a state visit by Mr Trump to Britain, which included a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. The Economist, "Politics this week," 8 June 2019 Chabot gained notoriety at a Republican banquet before last year’s election by thanking the Ohio General Assembly for putting Warren County into his district. Scott Wartman,, "Rep. Steve Chabot doesn't think he'll lose Warren County; gerrymandering ruling no worry," 7 June 2019

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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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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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