Ban"quet (?), n. [F., a feast, prop. a dim. of banc bench; cf. It. banchetto, dim. of banco a bench, counter. See Bank a bench, and cf. Banquette.]

1.

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

2.

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

[Obs.]

We'll dine in the great room, but let the music And banquet be prepared here. Massinger.

 

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Ban"quet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Banqueted; p. pr. & vb. n. Banqueting.]

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

Just in time to banquet The illustrious company assembled there. Coleridge.

 

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Ban"quet, v.i.

1.

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

Were it a draught for Juno when she banquets, I would not taste thy treasonous offer. Milton.

2.

To partake of a dessert after a feast.

[Obs.]

Where they did both sup and banquet. Cavendish.

 

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