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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Atmosphere A purposefully restrained and uncrowded brasserie with red-leather banquettes that look more like sofas. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 The tabletops are a beachy pale pink; the cushions along the slatted-wood banquette are printed with pineapples and palm trees. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 Gem, a 40-seat Lebanese restaurant with bar-height banquettes and stools. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Pull Up a Stool: Restaurants Squeeze in More Seats," 4 July 2018 Since the décor and dining room did not change when the name did, there is still a variety of seating: an open-kitchen counter, booths, freestanding tables and chairs, banquette seating against a back wall, and a full bar with about 10 stools. Naomi Kooker,, "A seamless transition from Blue Stove to Bazille," 4 May 2018 Dinner in one of the curved banquettes atMercer OTR in Over-the-Rhine is such a nice way for a (grown-up) family to get cozy. Polly Campbell,, "Where to go on Mother's Day in Cincinnati," 1 May 2018 The former Modo Mio space has been thoroughly transformed into a room that exudes a modern, sophisticated vibe without being stuffy, as diners gather around its live-edge wood tables, kitchen counter, and cushy gray tweed banquettes. Craig Laban,, "At Cadence, bold new culinary talents cook with the seasons," 1 June 2018 Woven straw mats adorn the walls, and new booths with red and blue tabletops and brown banquettes have been installed. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "What to Expect at Ma’am Sir, Silver Lake’s Newest Filipino Restaurant and Bar," 31 May 2018 We were shown to a banquette in the bar, set a foot above everyone else, with electric blue upholstery and a rectangular light fixture with hundreds of crystals above us. Polly Campbell,, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 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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