Definition of banquet in English:



  • 1An elaborate and formal evening meal for many people.

    ‘a state banquet at Buckingham Palace’
    • ‘These colonies soon boasted yacht clubs, fox hunts, formal dinners, and elaborate banquets.’
    • ‘Following a splendid banquet there were formal addresses and exchange of gifts by officials.’
    • ‘The banquet in the evening attended by about 200 people was an elegant affair.’
    • ‘Finally, later that evening, the Dillard Family headed over to the downtown Sheraton for the formal banquet, which was also a great deal of fun.’
    • ‘They explained that she was going to a banquet next evening in honor of her embarking on the quest.’
    • ‘At the evening banquet, Siya wore a tawny-coloured silk dress, overlaid in gold muslin, the scooped neckline and bell sleeves' seams inlaid with pearls.’
    • ‘The big room serves both as space for formal banquets and for conferences.’
    • ‘The ritual of a formal Chinese banquet was very elaborate.’
    • ‘The highlight of the weekend was undoubtedly the clan banquet on Saturday evening in the Manor Hotel.’
    • ‘There was an evening banquet, a torchlight parade through Paris, and special theater performances.’
    • ‘Macbeth invites Banquo to attend a dinner banquet in the evening as an honored guest.’
    • ‘Dinners at the convention hotel, especially the closing banquet, are more formal.’
    • ‘The afternoon finished with another couple of hours of micromount activity before the evening banquet.’
    • ‘In a fortnight, the Thomson family will host a grand banquet and evening ball.’
    • ‘Later, on Saturday evening, a banquet was held in the same area as the conference.’
    • ‘And since this is a formal banquet, you will be wearing tuxedoes.’
    • ‘No expense had been spared in the ballroom itself, where the tables had been laid for a lavish banquet.’
    • ‘The annual meeting concluded with a banquet on Saturday evening.’
    • ‘On Saturday evening preceding the banquet will be the silent auction.’
    • ‘That evening, a banquet was given for the newly elected Senator and three women members of the House of Representatives.’
    1. 1.1 An elaborate meal with several courses; a feast.
      ‘a lavish five-course banquet’
      figurative ‘a veritable banquet of seasonal events’
      • ‘In fact, I've read that some of Prinny's banquets featured 100 courses.’
      • ‘Anyone walking through the doors of the company premises should prepare themselves for a veritable banquet of glass.’
      • ‘Medieval banquets, Viking feasts, dinner parties, wedding ceremonies, conferences and exhibitions: you name it, this venue can do it.’
      • ‘Saunders and Maley are offering up an eight course banquet.’
      • ‘It is hoped that these buildings will host banquets or unique events.’
      • ‘Let your imagination run with that and we're a veritable banquet.’
      • ‘Her nightmare started months ago after one of the seasonal banquets.’
      • ‘More than 750 guests enjoyed the black-tie awards dinner, packing both floors of the theatre complex for a four-course banquet.’
      • ‘These sweets were important components of the final course or banquet in the meals of wealthy households.’
      • ‘They take pleasure in tall ceilings, which conjure images of banquets and feasting, and waiters with aprons wrapped around their bellies.’
      • ‘He told me about a banquet feast, where Lord Charles was giving a speech and tripped backward over his chair.’
      • ‘There will be a banquet and other events on Sunday night, November 28.’
      • ‘He would arrange 100-course banquets for lunch and then do it all again for dinner.’
      • ‘Listening to this music is like attending a banquet where the seven courses are contrasted yet complementary.’
      • ‘Tickets cost £27.50 and include a four course banquet and entertainment.’
      • ‘I wanted them to feast at the banquet of life's recreations, to have the Renaissance childhood not provided to me.’
      • ‘Afterwards, a six course gala banquet will be served after which the resident dance band will ring in the New Year.’
      • ‘Having settled into your pile of soft furnishings, be prepared to be served a veritable banquet of the finest Moroccan cuisine.’
      • ‘Yes, there had always been the banquets and feasts, plenty of food and all, but it had only been for those with high ranks in the society, the members of nobility.’
      • ‘Within the next hour the five course banquet was devoured by all students hungrily.’
      feast, dinner, dinner party, formal meal, celebratory meal, treat
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[with object]usually as noun banqueting
  • Entertain with a banquet.

    as modifier ‘a banqueting hall’
    • ‘As announced in yesterday's T & A, the event will now take place at the club banqueting suite at 7.30 pm on July 22.’
    • ‘It was proposed that the new multi-purpose building would provide a function room, banqueting hall, theatre and would cater for civil weddings.’
    • ‘On Friday, in the giant banqueting hall of the Beijing Hotel, Beckham sat wide right on a raised podium at what should have been termed an anti-press conference.’
    • ‘A prop from Hogwarts banqueting hall, it has been brought here by the film's distributor as an atmospheric piece of set dressing for the interview.’
    • ‘Yesterday 80 watched a debate from the gallery at Hull's Guildhall, with more than 100 watching on a screen in the Guildhall's banqueting room.’
    • ‘Within the hotel, business can be conducted in the range of conference and banqueting facilities, which can accommodate up to 400 guests.’
    • ‘Haeiel walked beside Thoniel down the stairs and to the first floor where they walked only a few feet to the door leading into the grand banqueting hall.’
    • ‘After the church ceremony, the wedding party will make the nine-mile journey to the newly restored banqueting area of Slane Castle for a deluxe four-course meal.’
    • ‘He built palaces and banqueting halls on the hill and held meetings of the other provincial kings every three years at which time they made laws and held festivals of music and sport.’
    • ‘The hotel will also provide dining and entertainment outlets, as well as meeting and banqueting facilities including a grand ballroom of 500 square metres.’
    • ‘Under fire regulations, only 850 people are permitted in the hotel's banqueting suite and it was already packed, with hundreds of people queuing outside.’
    • ‘When she's all dressed up, with jewels in her golden hair, the king leads her to the great banqueting hall.’
    • ‘It said the building is still in a good state of repair, and the famous ballroom and banqueting hall are still in a condition to use.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, fans are being urged to turn out in force for a fundraising race night at the Valley Parade banqueting suite tomorrow at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘The hotel will bring with it modern conference facilities capable of holding up to 1,000 and banqueting facilities catering for up to 650.’
    • ‘Next it was to The Hall of Preserving Harmony which was used as the main banqueting hall and it was also the place where the elite scholars of China did their important examinations.’
    • ‘The tower was originally a summer banqueting house and allowed aristocratic ladies to watch their men hunting.’
    • ‘It was then a long climb through bedchambers and banqueting hall, chapel and corridors until we came out on to the roof and saw the amazing view.’
    • ‘The council chamber, banqueting hall and Lord Mayor's room would be largely untouched.’
    • ‘The stadium will include 62 corporate hospitality boxes, conference and banqueting facilities and a 200-bedroom hotel.’
    gorge on, dine on, eat one's fill of, indulge in, overindulge in
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Late 15th century: from French, diminutive of banc ‘bench’ (see bank).