[ 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.

Origin of banquet

1425–75; < Middle French < Italian banchetto (banc(o) table (see bank2) + -etto -et); replacing late Middle English banket < Middle French


ban·quet·er, ban·que·teer [bang-kwi-teer] /ˌbæŋ kwɪˈtɪər/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 forms of banquet

banqueter, 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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