banquet

noun
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

banquet

verb
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

Verb

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

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

Queen Elizabeth leads a very different life than the rest of us: state banquets, tiaras, a palace apartment. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Once Let a Dog Carry Her Handbag," 1 Mar. 2019 According to the planners of the alumni dinner, years ago, the individual portions of the salad on lettuce leaves would line the banquet tables and serve as centerpieces for the event. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Annual small-town school gathering a nostalgic tribute," 27 Apr. 2018 Two private rooms also would be available for banquets, Langley said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Plan to open Elgin restaurant in former Tilted Kilt site hits snag," 13 Apr. 2018 Prince Carl Philip last made a public appearance last week, at the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet in Stockholm. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Zaddy Prince Carl Philip of Sweden Gets Into the Holiday Spirit with His Adorable Baby," 17 Dec. 2018 The restaurants became a site for birthday parties, Little League banquets and even wedding receptions, says Nick Mayer, its current chief executive. Bonnie Miller Rubin, WSJ, "They Were Huge Franchises. Why Did They Collapse?," 25 Nov. 2018 Members and friends of the Junior League of Greater Covington gathered at Annadele Plantation for an elegant banquet on May 14. Elizabeth Moore, NOLA.com, "North Shore Notables: Junior League of Covington honors members, introduces new board," 27 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of banquet

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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banquet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of banquet

: a formal dinner for many people usually to celebrate a special event

banquet

noun
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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