What does banquet mean?

Definitions for banquet
ˈbæŋ kwɪtban·quet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. banquet, feastnoun

    a ceremonial dinner party for many people

  2. banquet, feast, spreadverb

    a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed

    "a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they put out quite a spread"

  3. feast, banquet, junketverb

    provide a feast or banquet for

  4. feast, banquet, junketverb

    partake in a feast or banquet


  1. banquetnoun

    A large celebratory meal; a feast.

  2. banquetverb

    To participate in a banquet.

  3. Etymology: banket, from banquet, from banchetto, from banco, of origin, from *, from bankiz. Akin to bank, benc. More at bank, bench.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BANQUETnoun

    A feast.

    Etymology: banquet, Fr. banchetto, Ital. vanqueto, Span.

    If a fasting day come, he hath on that day a banquet to make. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 41.

    In his commendations I am fed;
    It is a banquet to me. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    You cannot have a perfect palace, except you have two several sides; a side for the banquet, and a side for the houshold; the one for feasts and triumphs, and the other for dwelling. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Shall the companions make a banquet of him? Shall they part him among the merchants? Job, xli. 6.

    At that tasted fruit,
    The sun, as from Thyestean banquet, turn’d
    His course intended. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 688.

    That dares prefer the toils of Hercules
    To dalliance, banquets, and ignoble ease. John Dryden, Juvenal.

  2. To Banquetverb

    To treat any one with feasts.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Welcome his friends,
    Visit his countrymen, and banquet them. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    They were banqueted by the way, and the nearer they approached, the more encreased the nobility. John Hayward.

  3. To Banquetverb

    To feast; to fare daintily.

    The mind shall banquet, tho’ the body pine;
    Fat paunches make lean pates, and dainty bits
    Make rich the ribs, but banker out the wits. William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour Lost.

    So long as his innocence is his repast, he feasts and banquets upon bread and water. South.

    I purpos’d to unbend the evening hours,
    And banquet private in the women’s bow’rs. Matthew Prior.


  1. Banquet

    A banquet (; French: [bɑ̃kɛ]) is a formal large meal where a number of people consume food together. Banquets are traditionally held to enhance the prestige of a host, or reinforce social bonds among joint contributors. Modern examples of these purposes include a charitable gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration. They often involve speeches in honor of the topic or guest of honour.The older English term for a lavish meal was a feast, and "banquet" originally meant a specific and different kind of meal, often following a feast, but in a different room or even building, which concentrated on sweet foods of various kinds. These became highly fashionable as sugar became much more common in Europe at the start of the 16th century. It was a grand form of the dessert course, and special banqueting houses, often on the roof or in the grounds of large houses, were built for them. Such meals are also called a "sugar collation".


  1. banquet

    A banquet is a large, formal meal or feast, often involving lavish food and drink, and usually served to a group of people for a special occasion or celebration, such as a wedding, award ceremony or anniversary. It's typically hosted in a public place like a hotel or restaurant, and it can be a social gathering or a business event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Banquetnoun

    a feast; a sumptuous entertainment of eating and drinking; often, a complimentary or ceremonious feast, followed by speeches

  2. Banquetnoun

    a dessert; a course of sweetmeats; a sweetmeat or sweetmeats

  3. Banquetverb

    to treat with a banquet or sumptuous entertainment of food; to feast

  4. Banquetverb

    to regale one's self with good eating and drinking; to feast

  5. Banquetverb

    to partake of a dessert after a feast


  1. Banquet

    A banquet is a large meal or feast, complete with main courses and desserts. It usually serves a purpose such as a charitable gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration, and is often preceded or followed by speeches in honour of someone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Banquet

    bangk′wet, n. a feast: any rich treat or entertainment: a course of sweetmeats, fruit, and wine, separately, or after the principal meal—still used in the Scotch phrase, 'a cake and wine banquet.'—v.t. to give a feast to.—v.i. to fare sumptuously.—ns. Banq′ueter, Banq′ueteer; Banq′ueting; Banq′ueting-house. [Fr.;—banc, bench, like It. banchetto, from banco.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banquet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banquet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of banquet in a Sentence

  1. Doug Bloch:

    All the foundations are being built for this, the table is being set for this banquet and we want to make sure our members have a seat at the table.

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Because to prepare is to win, they said to each other. And they made a banquet in this honor. (Car préparer, c'est déjà gagner, se dirent-ils. Et ils firent un banquet en cet honneur.)”

  3. Robert Louis Stevenson:

    Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.

  4. Prosecutor Stewart Ryan:

    The time for the defendant to escape justice is over. It's finally time for the defendant to dine on the banquet of his own consequences.

  5. Paul. F. Meekin:

    What's important for me when I teach is to communicate 'to cook up' the visions, smells, tastes and sounds of the time with my young audience. Hopefully, I am imparting 'feeding them' what's important about that period of History. I want my students to taste a respect for the information 'the food' and to know about the cooks, the restaurants, and how the ingredients of time comes together to form a real banquet of History.

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