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banquet

[bang-kwit]
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noun
  1. a lavish meal; feast.
  2. a ceremonious public dinner, especially one honoring a person, benefiting a charity, etc.
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verb (used with object), ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing.
  1. to entertain or regale with a banquet: They banqueted the visiting prime minister in grand style.
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verb (used without object), ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing.
  1. to have or attend a banquet; feast: They banqueted on pheasant, wild boar, and three kinds of fish.
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Origin of banquet

1425–75; < Middle French < Italian banchetto (banc(o) table (see bank2) + -etto -et); replacing late Middle English banket < Middle French
Related formsban·quet·er, ban·que·teer [bang-kwi-teer] /ˌbæŋ kwɪˈtɪər/, noun

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1. See feast.
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banquet

noun
  1. a lavish and sumptuous meal; feast
  2. a ceremonial meal for many people, often followed by speeches
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verb -quets, -queting or -queted
  1. (intr) to hold or take part in a banquet
  2. (tr) to entertain or honour (a person) with a banquet
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Derived Formsbanqueter, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French, from Italian banchetto, from banco a table, of Germanic origin; see bank 1
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Word Origin and History for banquet

n.

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.

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