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

The winner will be presented with the award at the Walter Camp Foundation’s annual national awards banquet on Jan. 19 in New Haven, Conn., "Justin Herbert on Walter Camp Player of the Year watch list," 26 July 2019 Another player who could fit in is tackle Ralph Frias (6-6, 340), a redshirt freshman who has already been in the program for a year and was recognized at the team's annual awards banquet as Offensive Scout Team MVP. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU scouting report: Offensive line filled with experienced seniors," 16 July 2019 At the awards banquet following the pageant, it was announced that Foreman was the overall interview and talent winner. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland woman hits floor when named as Miss Texas," 3 July 2019 On Tuesday night, during the police department's annual awards banquet, the pizza deliveryman, Mark Buede, was recognized for his effort with a public service medal. NBC News, "Pizza deliveryman who called 911 after seeing naked child in man's motel room honored by police," 19 June 2019 Tonight, several community leaders will be honored for their service to the black LGBTQ community during an awards banquet at the Hilton at UAB. al, "Bullying, empowerment main focuses during Birmingham’s second annual black LGBTQ pride," 16 Aug. 2019 The finalists will be invited to the 2019 Bronko Nagurski awards banquet at the Charlotte Convention Center on Dec. 9, where the winner will be announced. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon’s Troy Dye, Jordon Scott named to Nagurski trophy watch list," 23 July 2019 The 44th annual Irrelevant Week, which celebrates the final pick in the NFL Draft, kicked off with the banquet at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. Matt Szabo,, "Mr. Irrelevant Caleb Wilson presides over ‘house divided’ at Lowsman Banquet," 29 June 2019 Tickets to the banquet are $75 and available at Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carson Scholars named for county," 19 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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to spread over or through

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