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

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Soon, the owners upscaled the décor to what became the dominant style for the first generation of Hollywood power-lunch spots: all dark wood and deep leather banquettes. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "This Iconic Hollywood Restaurant Lets You Travel Back in Time," 13 Feb. 2019 She was positioned on a low banquette, which was upholstered in white. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 Models smiled; guests slid into banquettes and sipped coffee; and almost everything was available for sale immediately after at the store and online. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Why Ralph Lauren Served Up Fashion With Coffee," 8 Feb. 2019 Californios A moody, dark interior—with pops of color and butterscotch leather banquettes—sets the tone for an intriguing evening. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "32 Best Restaurants in San Francisco," 1 Mar. 2018 The cavernous hall is lined with weathered wood banquettes, chalkboard menus, and checked curtains, and its beer garden tumbles from terrace to lakeshore. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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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