[bang-ket; locally bang-kit for 3]
- a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
- an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
- Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas. a sidewalk, especially a raised one of bricks or planks.
- Fortification. a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
- a ledge running across the back of a buffet.
- a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.
Origin of banquette
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Examples from the Web for banquette
Dunst was hanging in a banquette with the designers of Rodarte.Alexander McQueen Exhibit: Fashion's Big Night
Robin Givhan, Jacob Bernstein
May 3, 2011
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
A stone “kerb,” or banquette, ran around one portion of the wall.The Quadroon
So Mr. Howland engaged the two places in the coupé, and one on the banquette.
But the bride said that she could not possibly ride on the banquette.
- an upholstered bench
- (formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
- a footbridge
C17: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank ³
Word Origin and History for banquette
1620s, "raised platform in a fortification," from French banquette (15c.), from Italian banchetta, diminutive of banca "bench, shelf" (see bank (n.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper