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

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 All regional winners are awarded a $3,000 scholarship and could receive even more when statewide winners are announced at a statewide banquet. al, "Despite traumatic childbirth injury, Jackson Abbott excelled as 3-sport star at Maplesville," 11 Apr. 2021 A football season appeared unlikely, and a team banquet didn’t seem like an adequate way to send off a 2021 class that had helped build the foundation of a rising Portland Interscholastic League program. oregonlive, "Grant thumps Jefferson 41-12 in PIL football clash," 4 Apr. 2021 Dooky Chase's Restaurant planned to host a banquet in their honor, continuing a long tradition of supporting civil rights workers. Adrian Miller, Southern Living, "Black Restaurants that Fed the Civil Rights Movement," 15 Mar. 2021 The upstairs would become a sort of 100- to 150-person room that could be used as a banquet or function room. Steve Lord,, "Aurora panel endorses new deal with Craft Urban for downtown restaurant," 12 Mar. 2021 At least 15 people listed a banquet attended by Alaska’s governor and multiple state legislators last month as a possible source of their COVID-19 infection, a state health department spokesman said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Over a dozen people cite Palmer banquet attended by governor, lawmakers as possible source of COVID-19 infection," 9 Mar. 2021 Most importantly to Chandler, Thunderbird was unable to hold a wrestling team banquet last season in March 2020 for their senior classmen as the pandemic began to indefinitely shut down schools and the state. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "High school wrestling teams leave gyms to host matches on soccer fields amid COVID concerns," 27 Feb. 2021 But a Chinatown banquet is not just a party with a parade of family-style dishes. Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: The last stand of S.F. Chinatown's storied banquet halls," 16 Feb. 2021 The club presented its Life Saver awards during a banquet Jan. 12 at Rocky and Carlo’s Restaurant in Chalmette. Staff Report,, "Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi honors St. Bernard deputies with Life Saver awards," 27 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the annual mushers banquet in Anchorage won’t happen as usual on the Thursday before the race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "On the revamped Iditarod race trail, Skwentna is the new White Mountain," 23 Jan. 2021 Our state government agency generally has an annual awards banquet off-site in December. Washington Post, "Office holiday parties are transformed for public health and economic crises," 10 Dec. 2020 Roy and others who work for the chamber and Visit Sitka were at Centennial Hall Sunday cleaning up from the chamber awards banquet the night before, and were stunned when the messages started coming in. Anchorage Daily News, "Sitka basks in glow of mention in emotional Super Bowl advertisement by Google," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Banquet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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