Definition of banquette in English:


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Pronunciation: /baŋˈkɛt


  • 1An upholstered bench along a wall, especially in a restaurant or bar.
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    • Take one of the large banquettes along the walls and eye up the girls on the dance floor, or gaze from the balcony on boys below doing their breaks.
    • Lounge on inviting velvet banquettes, leather easy chairs or oversized ottomans and sip their divine cocktails.
    • Instead Currid's has attractively upholstered banquette seating and padded stools.
  • 2A raised step behind a rampart.


early 17th century (in sense 2): from French, from Italian banchetta, diminutive of banca 'bench' (see bank2). sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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