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Syllabification: ban·quet
Pronunciation: /ˈbaNGkwit

Definition of banquet in English:


1An elaborate and formal evening meal for many people, often followed by speeches: the Austrian emperor’s lavish banquets [as modifier]: a banquet table
More example sentences
  • Macbeth invites Banquo to attend a dinner banquet in the evening as an honored guest.
  • Finally, later that evening, the Dillard Family headed over to the downtown Sheraton for the formal banquet, which was also a great deal of fun.
  • The banquet in the evening attended by about 200 people was an elegant affair.
1.1An elaborate and extensive meal; a feast: a ten-course banquet
More example sentences
  • He would arrange 100-course banquets for lunch and then do it all again for dinner.
  • Tickets cost £27.50 and include a four course banquet and entertainment.
  • Medieval banquets, Viking feasts, dinner parties, wedding ceremonies, conferences and exhibitions: you name it, this venue can do it.
feast, dinner
informal spread, blowout

verb (banquets, banqueting, banqueted)

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Entertain with a banquet: there are halls for banqueting up to 3,000 people (as adjective banqueting) a banqueting hall
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  • Next it was to The Hall of Preserving Harmony which was used as the main banqueting hall and it was also the place where the elite scholars of China did their important examinations.
  • He built palaces and banqueting halls on the hill and held meetings of the other provincial kings every three years at which time they made laws and held festivals of music and sport.
  • It was proposed that the new multi-purpose building would provide a function room, banqueting hall, theatre and would cater for civil weddings.


late 15th century: from French, diminutive of banc 'bench' (see bank1).



Example sentences
  • The slaughtered animals would have yielded a large quantity of meat, far in excess of the needs of 22 banqueters, and probably enough to supply the entire population of the town around the palace.
  • The number of seated banqueters could thus correspond to the number of miniature kylikes found in room 7.
  • The principal banqueter is joined by six participants, all of whom hold cups in their right hands.

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