[ 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), ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing.

to entertain or regale with a banquet: They banqueted the visiting prime minister in grand style.

verb (used without object), ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing.

to have or attend a banquet; feast: They banqueted on pheasant, wild boar, and three kinds of fish.

Nearby words

  1. bannock,
  2. bannockburn,
  3. banns,
  4. banoffee,
  5. banon,
  6. banquet room,
  7. banqueteer,
  8. banqueting,
  9. banquette,
  10. banquo

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for banquet


/ (ˈbæŋkwɪt) /


a lavish and sumptuous meal; feast
a ceremonial meal for many people, often followed by speeches

verb -quets, -queting or -queted

(intr) to hold or take part in a banquet
(tr) to entertain or honour (a person) with a banquet
Derived Formsbanqueter, noun

Word Origin for banquet

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



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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