- a lavish meal; feast.
- a ceremonious public dinner, especially one honoring a person, benefiting a charity, etc.
- to entertain or regale with a banquet: They banqueted the visiting prime minister in grand style.
- to have or attend a banquet; feast: They banqueted on pheasant, wild boar, and three kinds of fish.
Origin of banquet
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Examples from the Web for banquet
The banquet was paid for with public funds, and taxpayers were understandably upset.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
A table creaking under the weight of a Christmas banquet, a classic celebration of binge eating and drinking.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Another island tale purports that there was once a banquet arranged at the manor for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
These are the reasons why Marzel tapped me on the shoulder at a Kahanist banquet—I was a Kahanist posterboy.
“You are my hero,” said Baruch Marzel, the militant leader of the Jewish National Front, as he embraced me at a banquet in 2006.
The banquet drew to its conclusion, and the guests departed.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
For this purpose, my honored guests, I have ordered a banquet to be prepared.Tanglewood Tales
Then wine was brought in, and the banquet was served to the sound of music.
When the banquet was ended he slept in the Palace of Frozen Radiance.
Tents were put up on the edge of the saucer and a banquet was prepared.
- a lavish and sumptuous meal; feast
- a ceremonial meal for many people, often followed by speeches
- (intr) to hold or take part in a banquet
- (tr) to entertain or honour (a person) with a banquet
Word Origin and History for banquet
late 15c., "feast, sumptuous entertainment," from French banquet (15c.; in Old French only "small bench"), from Old Italian banchetto, diminutive of banco "bench;" originally a snack eaten on a bench (rather than at table), hence "a slight repast between meals;" the meaning has entirely reversed. As a verb from 1510s.