ban·​quette baŋ-ˈket How to pronounce banquette (audio)
 sense 1b is also  ˈbaŋ-kət
: a raised way along the inside of a parapet or trench for gunners or guns
Southern US : sidewalk
: a long upholstered bench
: a sofa having one roll-over arm
: a built-in usually upholstered bench along a wall

Examples of banquette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside Adelina, the dining room is a mix of soft earth tones amid mainly table seating four along with banquette seating. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2024 The nightclub at the Carlyle hotel (now part of the Rosewood Hotel Group) seats just 90 patrons at its small tables and banquettes. Reggie Nadelson, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The room, designed by star designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group is as vivid as any of the performances with curved, lighted wood ribbons on the ceiling and burgundy banquettes. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Plush, throne-like banquettes occupy corners and luxe sable-colored leather seating lines the walls. Vivienne Peters; Photos By Judy Revenaugh, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 An orange central banquette in a muted orange tone provides comfortable seating, while a full-sized table for small groups or individuals on laptops sits under a lighting fixture made up of upside down coffee cups and saucers. Megan Johnson, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 At one point, Bardem has an elbow propped up on the banquette, his head resting against an open palm, the ivy mingling unnoticed in his hair. Hemal Jhaveri, WIRED, 29 Feb. 2024 Comfortably tucked into a banquette at a hotel cafe on a quiet cobblestoned street in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, Binoche, 59, hopscotched between past and present, passions and peeves. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Diners are enveloped in velvet at the West Village restaurant Le B., both literally (velvet banquettes, velvet barstools) and in a more abstract sense. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2024

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Word History


French, from Middle French, from Old Occitan banqueta, diminutive of banc bench, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English benc bench

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of banquette was in 1629

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“Banquette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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