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banquette

[bang-ket; locally bang-kit for 3]
noun
  1. a long bench with an upholstered seat, especially one along a wall, as in a restaurant.
  2. an embankment for buttressing the base of a levee and forming a berm.
  3. Chiefly Coastal Louisiana and East Texas. a sidewalk, especially a raised one of bricks or planks.
  4. Fortification. a platform or step along the inside of a parapet, for soldiers to stand on when firing.
  5. a ledge running across the back of a buffet.
  6. a bench for passengers on top of a stagecoach.
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Origin of banquette

1620–30; < French < Provençal banqueta, equivalent to banc bench (see bank3) + -eta -ette
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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

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

    Rollo in Rome

    Jacob Abbott

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

    Rollo in Rome

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for banquette

banquette

noun
  1. an upholstered bench
  2. (formerly) a raised part behind a parapet
  3. a footbridge
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Word Origin for banquette

C17: from French, from Provençal banqueta, literally: a little bench, from banc bench; see bank ³
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Word Origin and History for banquette

n.

1620s, "raised platform in a fortification," from French banquette (15c.), from Italian banchetta, diminutive of banca "bench, shelf" (see bank (n.1)).

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