AskDefine | Define banquet

Dictionary Definition



1 a ceremonial dinner party for many people [syn: feast]
2 a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed; "a banquet for the graduating seniors"; "the Thanksgiving feast"; "they put out quite a spread" [syn: feast, spread]


1 provide a feast or banquet for [syn: feast, junket]
2 partake in a feast or banquet [syn: feast, junket]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A large celebratory meal; a feast.



  1. To participate in a banquet.



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  • SAMPA: /bA~.kE/


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Extensive Definition

A banquet is a large public meal or feast, complete with main courses and desserts. It usually serves a purpose, such as a charitable gathering, a ceremony, or a celebration, often followed by speeches in honor of someone.

History of Banquets

Banquets have been used as a formal occasion for thousands of years. Kings during medieval times frequently threw banquets for special events, such as birthdays or holidays.

Sports Banquets

On occasion, sports associations throw banquets as an attempt to enhance team chemistry, or also just to relax the players and/or coaches.

Business Banquets

Business banquets are a popular way to strengthen bonds between businessmen and their partners.


A Luau is one variety of banquet originally used in Hawaii.

Banquet tax

The Nei Mongol provincial government in China levies a tax on banquets.
banquet in Arabic: وليمة
banquet in German: Bankett (Festessen)
banquet in Spanish: Banquete
banquet in Japanese: 宴会
banquet in Norwegian: Bankett
banquet in Russian: Банкет
banquet in Simple English: Banquet
banquet in Swedish: Bankett
banquet in Turkish: Ziyafet
banquet in Yiddish: דינער

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Lucullan feast, Mardi Gras, Saturnalia, bean-feast, beano, blow, blowout, carnival, carouse, celebration, do, do justice to, eat heartily, eat up, fair, feast, feed, festal board, festival, festive occasion, festivity, fete, field day, fiesta, gala, gala affair, gala day, gaudy, great doings, groaning board, harvest home, high jinks, indulge, jamboree, joyance, jubilation, kermis, mad round, merrymaking, party, picnic, polish the platter, put it away, regale, regalement, repast, revel, revelment, revelry, round of pleasures, spread, treat, tuck, waygoose, wayzgoose, wine and dine
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