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 District officials said the football team's banquet, which was scheduled for Friday, has been postponed and a new date will be determined. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Football coach on leave as Phoenix police investigate 'inappropriate' locker room behavior," 15 Nov. 2019 Next year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet will take place at 6 p.m. May 16, 2020, at the Marriott Hotel, 4277 W. 150th St. in Cleveland. Carol Kovach,, "Get ready to celebrate at the 10th annual Hooley on Kamm’s Corners: A Place in the Sun," 11 June 2019 The induction ceremony and banquet is scheduled for Sept. 27 at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Iconic TCU linebacker leads class of six Letterman’s Hall of Fame inductees | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 This year’s induction ceremony and banquet, the MMHF’s 31st, takes place Friday night at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "There’s a Minnesota Music Hall of Fame? Yup, and Soul Asylum and a polka musician are among this year’s inductees.," 1 Nov. 2019 Tebow, who was speaking at a pro-life Care Net banquet in Waco, traveled 40 minutes out of his way to visit a high-security men's prison unit in Gatesville. Fox News, "Tim Tebow surprises Texas prison after getting letter from inmate’s father: ‘My new brothers in Christ’," 9 Oct. 2019 Having had a bigger budget to play with, Fellowes promises banquets, balls and military parades done on a filmic scale in the new feature., "‘Downton Abbey’ creators on movie sequels: ‘It’s all down to how much the fans take to it’," 9 Sep. 2019 The conference hosts five days of lectures including two dinner banquets, lunch workshops and a film festival that began the day before the conference. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "International UFO Congress holds 28th annual conference in downtown Phoenix," 8 Sep. 2019 In 1975, just a year before Wong and Lok were turned away from the minority-students banquet, Allan Bakke, a 35-year-old white man, was rejected for the second time by the medical school at the University of California, Davis. New York Times, "Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?," 30 Aug. 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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The first known use of banquet was in the 15th century

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Banquet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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