Definition of banquet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbæŋkwɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæŋkwɪt//
    Types of meal
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  1. 1a formal meal for a large number of people, usually for a special occasion, at which speeches are often made a state banquet in honour of the visiting President
  2. 2a large impressive meal See related entries: Types of meal
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French, diminutive of banc ‘bench’. Extra examplesHe was suddenly taken ill at a banquet given in his honour. Over 1 600 people attended a banquet in his honour/​honor. The Lord Mayor attended a state banquet last night. The kitchens are preparing for a lavish banquet. The meal that followed was a veritable banquet. The winners will be announced at the annual awards banquet. Visitors to the castle can enjoy a medieval banquet with entertainment, in an authentic setting. a banquet for the president A state banquet was held in honour of the visiting president.
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