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

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 Advancing the Dream’ awards banquet in the Bluebonnet Ballroom on campus at UT Arlington. Faye Reeder, star-telegram, "The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be honored at area celebrations | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 Jan. 2018 Finally, in your mercy, bring them to that banquet where your saints feast for ever in your heavenly home. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Full order of service for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 18 May 2018 The Willamette Salmon Quest is a signature fund-raising event of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders that drew more than 200 participants to the banquet at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas. Bill Monroe,, "10-year-old helps grandparents celebrate Mother's Day," 13 May 2018 There was a different feel to Alabama's 2017 basketball banquet. Michael Casagrande,, "Why Alabama basketball thinks people 'underestimate' next team," 1 May 2018 During a moment of playful banter before the doors closed on the press, the dictator joked about the difficulty of bringing North Korean noodles with him for the evening banquet and complimented Mr Moon on the high quality of the South’s roads. The Economist, "Can the euphoria of the Korean summit last?," 27 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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