A table set in preparation for a banquet.
A dinner honoring the recipient of an award and a fancy meal for graduating high school seniors are each an example of a banquet.
- an elaborate meal; feast
- a formal dinner for many people, usually with toasts and speeches
Origin of banquetLate Middle English banket from Middle French banquet from OIt banchetto, diminutive of banca: see bank
- An elaborate, sumptuous meal; a feast.
- A ceremonial dinner honoring a particular guest or occasion.
tr. & intr.v.ban·quet·ed, ban·quet·ing, ban·quets
Origin of banquetMiddle English banket from Old French banquet from Old Italian banchetto from diminutive of banco bench of Germanic origin Old English benc bench
(third-person singular simple present banquets, present participle banqueting or banquetting, simple past and past participle banqueted or banquetted)
Middle English banket, from Middle French banquet, from Italian banchetto (“light repast between meals, snack eaten on a small bench”, literally “a small bench”), from banco (“bench”), from Lombardic *bank, *panch (“bench”), from Proto-Germanic *bankiz (“bench”). Akin to Old High German bank, banch (“bench”), Old English benc (“bench”). More at bank, bench.