banqueteer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

banquet +‎ -eer

Noun[edit]

banqueteer (plural banqueteers)

  1. One who attends a banquet.
    • 1824, Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XVI,[1]
      The dinner and the soiree too were done,
      The supper too discuss’d, the dames admired,
      The banqueteers had dropp’d off one by one—
      The song was silent, and the dance expired:
    • 1959, Mervyn Peake, Titus Alone, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, Chapter 101,
      The banqueteers forsook their scented alcoves, and men of all stations withdrew from the outlying sectors []
    • 1983, Jan N. Bremmer, The Early Greek Concept of the Soul, p. 112, Princeton University Press, [2]
      After a trumpet had given the starting sign each banqueteer tried to empty his jug as fast as possible, which must have been quite a feat, since a jug contained about three liters of wine!

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Verb[edit]

banqueteer (third-person singular simple present banqueteers, present participle banqueteering, simple past and past participle banqueteered)

  1. To attend a banquet or banquets (particularly as a frequent or habitual activity).
    • 1907, Mark Twain, in Benjamin Griffin & Harriet Elinor Smith (eds.), Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3, Oakland: University of California Press, 2015, p. 189,[3]
      I had been banqueteering and making speeches two or three times in every week for six months []

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