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 Plenty else makes me glad to sit on a banquette cushioned with Swiss Army blankets and surrounded by details small and large that evoke a kinder, gentler place. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite places to eat right now," 17 Dec. 2019 Bronzed pieces resembling paint spatters decorate the wall behind the bar; a linen mural occupies the opposite wall, above the blue banquette. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Find Chicago’s best sushi experience at Mako, B.K. Park’s omakase restaurant," 5 Dec. 2019 The original peacock wallpaper has been replaced with a floral motif, and the new arty green-and-gold banquette running the length of the dining room is as much about comfort as style. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Bar Charley has grown up. Now, you’ll dine as well as you drink.," 13 Nov. 2019 Covered in flowers, the handsome book was stacked on the bar and behind the banquettes. Vogue, "Interview Magazine Celebrated 50 Years and a New Book With a Cocktail-Soaked Downtown Dinner," 30 Oct. 2019 The banquette also helps maximize floor space and provides additional storage underneath the seats., "Redesigning a condo kitchen so it feels new, but still you," 12 Oct. 2019 Look for a 160-seat full-service cafe, confectionary shop, indoor and outdoor dining areas, two full-service bars and a private dining space in a fancy setting — red-tufted banquette seating, crystal chandeliers, antique brass accents and all. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Sugar Factory and its famous sweet treats now open at Mall of America," 12 Nov. 2019 The downtown outpost, 3,500 square-feet, features 18-foot-high ceilings, seating via communal table and banquette, the chain’s distinctive white and blue spotted cow statue, a menu board and employees toting iPads to take orders. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Chef-driven sandwich and salad spot, Mendocino Farms, set to open downtown," 5 Nov. 2019 Just a cool rectangular space with smooth wooden banquettes (built by the Wongs’ stepfather) and warmly glowing orange walls. Jody Horton, Smithsonian, "How Three Guys From Houston Are Cooking Up a Revolution in Texas Barbecue," 23 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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