banquette

noun
ban·​quette | \ baŋ-ˈket How to pronounce banquette (audio) , 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

Examples of banquette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When designing a breakfast nook or banquette, consider easy-to-clean backsplash ideas. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Unexpected Backsplash Ideas That Aren't Just For Your Kitchen," 25 Feb. 2021 Then one of them notices a stunning-looking young stranger—Carey Mulligan—sprawled on a nearby banquette, apparently drunk out of her mind. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Promising Young Woman," 15 Jan. 2021 The banquette off the kitchen is sourced from stores in Lynn and Acton, and the counters and handcrafted stairs are from New Hampshire. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Home of the Week: A North End condo with an appetite for all things New England," 10 Jan. 2021 If The Odyssey had been the story of a glamour girl, Doris Lilly would be its pert heroine in a fur chubby endlessly stranded on a sleek banquette. Callahan Tormey, Town & Country, "Who Was the Real Holly Golightly?," 28 Dec. 2020 In the opening scene, three dudes drinking in a bar notice a woman slumped against a red banquette, head unsteady on her shoulders, legs akimbo, white underwear on show. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Revenge Is Sweet in Promising Young Woman," 24 Dec. 2020 In lieu of a formal dining table, Brooks added a banquette and breakfast nook with bonus storage underneath; the cozy outdoor couch near the fireplace is another desirable spot for sharing a bite. House Beautiful, "This "Boomer Suite" Is Basically a Whole Apartment Inside a House," 15 Oct. 2020 In Delray Beach, at restaurant-turned-party Salt7, young patrons bounce bare-faced atop a banquette, a bucket of Dom Perignon chilling at their feet. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida parties on: No mask, no distancing, no problem inside bars and clubs," 17 Dec. 2020 The banquette and heart-shaped, T-back chairs are upholstered in forest green velvet. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, "Chifa Chinese and Peruvian restaurant: Come for the food, feast on the look," 8 Dec. 2020

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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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“Banquette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banquette. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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