ban·​quette | \ baŋ-ˈket, ban-, sense 1b is also ˈbaŋ-kət\

Definition of banquette

1a : a raised way along the inside of a parapet or trench for gunners or guns
b Southern : sidewalk
2a : a long upholstered bench
b : a sofa having one roll-over arm
c : a built-in usually upholstered bench along a wall

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An integrated Baltic birch banquette and custom dining table provide ample seating and circulation space. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Sisters build a relaxed summer retreat in coastal Maine," 15 June 2018 Dancing on the Tables Ms. Le Coze claims to have been entirely different during those Paris days — going out to nightclubs, dancing on tables and banquettes. Alan Richman, New York Times, "Still the Boss of Le Bernardin, Maguy Le Coze Strides On," 5 June 2018 The space is filled with natural light and exudes a modern vibe, with geometric wood panels, and custom banquettes. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 Grill 23 & Bar Wood-paneled everything, tapestries hung from the walls, a gleaming black marble bar, and leather banquettes—every inch of this place is classic steakhouse at its best. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 The living room’s cocktail table and banquette are custom, and the striped pillows are in a Les Toiles du Soleil fabric. Zander Abranowicz, ELLE Decor, "A Modern Take on Greek Island Living in Serifos," 2 July 2018 When paired with more traditional, four-legged chairs or even a sofa or banquette bench seat, the pedestal table's sleek design keeps things from getting too crowded under the table. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is a Tulip Table?," 1 Nov. 2018 The furnishings are mildly mid-century- suede upholstered chairs and banquettes that are reminiscent of the original Grill Room’s setup. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "A Clear-Eyed Assessment of the New Four Seasons—By Someone Who Loved the Old One," 7 Sep. 2018 Are there black leather banquettes and dark wood paneling, and was the place designed by Ron Rea? Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of banquette

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for banquette

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

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