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banquette

[bang-ket; locally bang-kit for 3] /bæŋˈkɛt; locally ˈbæŋ kɪt for 3/
noun
1.
a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
2.
an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
3.
Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas. a sidewalk, especially a raised one of bricks or planks.
4.
Fortification. a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
5.
a ledge running across the back of a buffet.
6.
a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.
Origin of banquette
1620-1630
1620-30; < French < Provençal banqueta, equivalent to banc bench (see bank3) + -eta -ette
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  • Reader, hast ever travelled in the banquette of a diligence?

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • I jumped from the banquette into a berth aboard some steamer out at sea.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • A stone “kerb,” or banquette, ran around one portion of the wall.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • But the bride said that she could not possibly ride on the banquette.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • So Mr. Howland engaged the two places in the coupé, and one on the banquette.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • Mr. Howland then suggested that they should all ascend to the banquette.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • Rollo paid the porter, and then climbed up to his place on the banquette.

    Rollo in Rome Jacob Abbott
  • The ball-room was a long, oblong sala with a banquette running all round it.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • We were seated on the banquette where I had introduced myself.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for banquette

banquette

/bæŋˈkɛt/
noun
1.
an upholstered bench
2.
(formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
3.
a footbridge
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank³
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Word Origin and History for banquette
n.

1620s, "raised platform in a fortification," from French banquette (15c.), from Italian banchetta, diminutive of banca "bench, shelf" (see bank (n.1)).

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