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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ban•quet /ˈbæŋkwɪt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a large, splendid feast.
  2. a large public dinner, esp. one to honor a person.

  1. [+ object] to entertain with a banquet.
ban•quet•er,ban•que•teer /ˌbæŋkwɪˈtɪr/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ban•quet  (bangkwit), 
n., v., -quet•ed, -quet•ing. 

  1. a lavish meal; feast.
  2. a ceremonious public dinner, esp. one honoring a person, benefiting a charity, etc.

  1. to entertain or regale with a banquet:They banqueted the visiting prime minister in grand style.

  1. to have or attend a banquet; feast:They banqueted on pheasant, wild boar, and three kinds of fish.
  • Middle French
  • Italian banchetto (banc(o) table (see bank2) + -etto -et); replacing late Middle English banket
  • Middle French
  • 1425–75
banquet•er, ban•que•teer  (bang′kwi tēr), 
1 . See feast. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

banquet /ˈbæŋkwɪt/ n
  1. a lavish and sumptuous meal; feast
  2. a ceremonial meal for many people, often followed by speeches
vb ( -quets, -queting, -queted)
  1. (intransitive) to hold or take part in a banquet
  2. (transitive) to entertain or honour (a person) with a banquet
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French, from Italian banchetto, from banco a table, of Germanic origin; see bank1

ˈbanqueter n

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