banquet

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English[edit]

State Banquet.--Serving the Peacock.--Facsimile of a woodcut in an edition of Virgil, folio, published at Lyons in 1517.
A Chinese painting of an outdoor banquet, from the era of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

banquet (plural banquets)

  1. A large celebratory meal; a feast.
  2. (archaic) A dessert; a course of sweetmeats.
    • Massinger
      We'll dine in the great room, but let the music / And banquet be prepared here.

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Verb[edit]

banquet (third-person singular simple present banquets, present participle banqueting or banquetting, simple past and past participle banqueted or banquetted)

  1. To participate in a banquet; to feast.
    • Milton
      Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets, I would not taste thy treasonous offer.
  2. (obsolete) To have dessert after a feast.
    • Cavendish
      Where they did both sup and banquet.
  3. To treat with a banquet or sumptuous entertainment of food; to feast.
    • Coleridge
      Just in time to banquet / The illustrious company assembled there.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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). Compare Old French banquet, which only meant "small bench", from the same Proto-Germanic source.

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Noun[edit]

banquet m (plural banquets)

  1. banquet