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

Tomorrow, on his actual birthday, guests including Will and Kate and Meghan and Harry, along with members of other royal families from across Europe are expected to toast Britain's heir apparent at a banquet at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Looks Lovely in a Polka-Dot Dress for Prince Charles's 70th Birthday Portraits," 13 Nov. 2018 George and Laura Bush were treated to a 41-gun salute and later attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Here's How Every Meeting Between the Queen and a U.S. President Went," 12 July 2018 Rotary wheels were spinning during the social hour preceding the Rotary Club of Covington's installation banquet at Zea Rotisserie & Bar on May 29. Elizabeth Moore,, "North Shore Notables: Rotary Club of Covington installs new officers," 1 June 2018 Democrats in Lawrence County, on paper at least, still slightly outnumber Republicans, and as recently as the early 2000s, hundreds would gather for lavish Democratic Party banquets at the Scottish Rite Cathedral overlooking downtown New Castle. New York Times, "These Women Mostly Ignored Politics. Now, Activism Is Their Job.," 10 May 2018 At a banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, keynote speaker Dana Ste. Jerry Fallstrom,, "'The Yearling' author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings to be celebrated in Mount Dora," 15 Apr. 2018 Beijing’s anticorruption drive earlier this decade hit Moutai and its peers hard, as government officials slowed their spending on lavish banquets. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "It’s Time for Moutai Investors to Hit the Bottle," 29 Oct. 2018 On the red carpet for The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants banquet, Waithe arrived without her signature locs. Ashley C. Ford, Glamour, "Lena Waithe Feels 'So Free' After Cutting Her Hair, and I Get It," 10 Aug. 2018 Some photos were from a banquet in Singapore that Francis had hosted for the admiral and other Navy officers that featured prostitutes as entertainment, according to the documents and people familiar with the case. Craig Whitlock,, "‘Fat Leonard’ corruption probe affected Pentagon’s pick to lead Joint Chiefs," 2 Apr. 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

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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