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 US : 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 First, the diminutive eighty-two-year-old, in the manner of a sleepy hedgehog, will gradually slouch down into the banquette, so that his head ends up where his shoulders once were. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Beams add charm on the ceiling and frame the nearby breakfast nook, where a custom banquette offers a cozy spot to look out to the pool. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 Using rough-sawn wood, Smith designed a rounded ceiling over one seating area with a banquette table supported by whiskey barrels. Diana Lambdin Meyer, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 At the far right is the dining area, where a banquette in faux-bois velvet—dead stock discovered at Mood Fabrics in the city’s Garment District—is paired with a burl-and-brass oval table and olive wool sateen chairs of Hendifar’s design. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, 20 Apr. 2022 Americans who have had lunch or dinner at the Tate’s elegant restaurant probably remember the banquette-to-ceiling murals Whistler painted for the space. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 The space itself is inviting and airy with powdery blue banquette seating and Scandi-style bar stools. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2022 Stringer says installing dining room mirrors harks back to classic French bistro banquette seating surrounded by walls of mirror panels. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 In concert with the simplicity of the concept, the space is quite spartan, with just a few wooden tables arranged along a tan banquette on the periphery of the dining room. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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