[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

1620–30; < French < Provençal banqueta, equivalent to banc bench (see bank3) + -eta -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for banquette

Contemporary Examples of banquette

Historical Examples of banquette

  • 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

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

    Rollo in Rome

    Jacob Abbott

  • But the bride said that she could not possibly ride on the banquette.

    Rollo in Rome

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for banquette



an upholstered bench
(formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
a footbridge

Word Origin for banquette

C17: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank ³
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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