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[bang-kwit] /ˈbæŋ kwɪt/
a lavish meal; feast.
a ceremonious public dinner, especially one honoring a person, benefiting a charity, etc.
verb (used with object), banqueted, banqueting.
to entertain or regale with a banquet:
They banqueted the visiting prime minister in grand style.
verb (used without object), banqueted, banqueting.
to have or attend a banquet; feast:
They banqueted on pheasant, wild boar, and three kinds of fish.
Origin of banquet
late Middle English
1425-75; < Middle French < Italian banchetto (banc(o) table (see bank2) + -etto -et); replacing late Middle English banket < Middle French
Related forms
banqueter, banqueteer
[bang-kwi-teer] /ˌbæŋ kwɪˈtɪər/ (Show IPA),
1. See feast. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A curious incident occurred at the beginning of the banquet.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • The night came, but no banquet was made ready for the Dwellers in Asgard.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • There he found that gir the Old was giving a banquet to all the sir in his wide coral-caves.

    The Heroes of Asgard Annie Keary
  • Though the music was open to criticism, the banquet surpassed their expectations.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • St. Andrews day, 1895, saw a return after twelve years to the banquet instead of the annual ball.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for banquet


a lavish and sumptuous meal; feast
a ceremonial meal for many people, often followed by speeches
verb -quets, -queting, -queted
(intransitive) to hold or take part in a banquet
(transitive) to entertain or honour (a person) with a banquet
Derived Forms
banqueter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Italian banchetto, from banco a table, of Germanic origin; see bank1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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